Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are in final talks to pen the screenplay for the big screen adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s comic series Y: The Last Man for New Line Cinema, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Federman and Scaia, a long-time writing duo on TV’s Jericho and Warehouse 13, are said to be primed to adapt the long-rumoured film version of the award-winning DC/Vertigo series. Federman and Scaia were also writers on Human Target, another TV series based loosely on the DC Comic of the same name. J.C. Spink, Chris Bender andDavid Goyer are producing.Mason Novick and Jake Weiner are executive producing.
Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man tells the story of the last man on Earth. After a deadly plague sweeps the globe, Yorick and his pet monkey are seemingly the only two males of their respective species left alive. Only the women have survived, and while this may be the stuff of a million male fantasies, the world proves to be a dangerous place for our heroes with the Y chromosome, as the world struggles to go on in the knowledge that without a cure or a miracle, humanity is doomed to extinction.
New Line acquired the rights to this back in 2008, with the Disturbia team of screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and director D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) set to bring it to life. However, it has been stuck in development hell for the last few years, with everyone from Shia LeBeouf to Chuck‘s Zachary Levi mentioned as being in line for Yorick. It now seems that that team is no longer involved in the film.
Back in May 2011, we named Y: The Last Man as one of the Five Comic Book Movies We Want to See.