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“Y – The Last Man” – new director, no Shia, all good

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What a difference a couple of years makes.

When the film adaptation was last discussed, the movie version was heading directly towards mediocre town, helmed as it was due to be by D.J. Caruso and starring his “Disturbia“/”Eagle Eye” star, Shia LaBeouf.

This entirely unsatisfactory state of affairs was barely improved by LaBeouf’s words on leaving the film, in which he cited too many parallels between his character in “Y: The Last Man“, Yorick, and his “Transformersaction figure lead role, Sam Witwicky.

Having not read the screenplay for “Y” which LeBeouf was referring to, I can’t speak to the veracity of his opinion, but the very idea that any kind of line could be drawn twixt the two properties defies belief, frankly.   Where “Y: The Last Man” is a provocative post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale with fascinating characters, science run amok and smart things to say about gender in society, Michael Bay‘s “Transformers” flicks are essentially giant robot fetishism with explosions punctuating the minutes in the film not devoted to leering close-ups on some poor starlet’s aerobicised caboose.

The two projects are, I would submit to you, not exactly related in tone.

So, it’s bloody good news that Dan Trachtenberg, helmer of the superb “Portal” fan flick “No Escape” and former co-host of the late and lamented “Totally Rad Show” podcast, has signed up to spearhead a new take on the film.  Whilst Trachtenberg’s involvement hardly guarantees that the film will be made, it’s a real step in the right direction and perhaps acknowledges that people who like the material and don’t think that they’re making a rock-em, sock-em summer action flick are a good fit to direct something as good as “Y: The Last Man” is.

Something approaching common sense in Hollywood?  Clearly, normal service will be resumed shortly…

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“Y: The Last Man” gets new writers. Now make the damn movie, already.

My favourite comic book series of all time? Oh yes...

Now that our long global nightmare has ended and the prospect of idiot man-child Shia LaBeouf starring in an adaptation of “Y: The Last Man” is no more than a horrible notion best forgotten, we can focus on some good news for a change – the existing script has been chucked and “Warehouse 13” scribes Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are booting up their MacBooks in an effort to tame this beast once and for all.

It’s really a great read that you should check out if you can – if you like your science fiction adult and dark and funny and expansive, it’s really a fine series to let into your heart.  Mrs Rolling Eyeballs loves it too – it’s one of the few comics series that she’s ever gotten into.

If truth be told, I’m somewhat nervous about this being made into a movie, as Hollywood’s previous efforts to adapt DC/Vertigo titles have resulted in films like “Constantine” (in its own way, a fine little supernatural thriller rather doomed to disapproval by fans as it bore only passing resemblance to the character and comic), which suggests that comics are better at telling adult genre stories than their big screen equivalent.

There’s too much edge-smoothing, toning down and mainstream audience courting going on in the adaptation process for some of these titles to ever properly work in the multiplex.  Do moviegoers want more comfort and less ambiguity from their genre fare than comic geeks do?  Or is that what producers want to believe, so we end up with a film which appeals to nobody?

In that spirit of positivity, let’s look forward to this bleak tale of planet-scorching gendercide, viral horror and crap escapology being brought to the screen as a PG-13 romantic comedy with Zac Efron and somebody blonde from the CW showing up in a cinema near you in 2014.

In 3D, obviously.

 

 

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