Director D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) tells USA Today that his planned adaptation of the acclaimed comic book series “Y: The Last Man” might actually be a trilogy.
He says that while the original plan was to squeeze the entire series into one movie, whilst developing the film they “decided to take a certain chunk of the first, like, 14 issues, and make that the first movie. So we kind of gave it a different arc. Where this series ends, hopefully, would be, like, the third movie.”
“Y: The Last Man” follows Yorick Brown, a young amateur escape artist, and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, the last two men on Earth. Something (speculated to be a plague) simultaneously kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome – including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm. Society is plunged into chaos as infrastructures collapse and the surviving women everywhere try to cope with the loss of the men. Yorick goes on a mission to find his girlfriend Beth, who was on vacation in Australia.
Where is the project currently at? “Well, what sucks is the writers’ strike. But what’s great is Carl and I worked together, and Carl wrote an amazing first act. So as soon as the writers’ strike is over, we basically have the whole thing (ready) for the first movie, and then Carl’s gonna go back in and finish it. I want it to be the next film I do after I wrap this movie [Eagle Eye] in March. Eagle Eye comes out in August, and so as soon as I finish up the post on this, I’m hoping the writers’ strike will be over and that we can get New Line to go ahead (with Y).”
What about Shia LaBeouf’s casting? “Shia and I have had some preliminary discussions about doing it together. I know we both wanna take a little time off, so we’ll see.”