I discovered comics very late in life, and I got hooked on Brian K. Vaughn’s outstanding Y: The Last Man series last year and I blazed through the entire run and marveled at how the series kept and exceeded its amazing promise from the first issue.
The premise of Y: The Last Man centres on a world where the entire male population is wiped out by a plague, every man except one Yorick Brown, and the multi-threaded narrative which the sixty issues contained had a furious momentum as Yorick and Agent 355 seek to uncover the secret which saved Yorick from death.
It is an exceptional work, very funny, very human and deals with the emotional and psychological aftershocks of the apparent gendercide with aplomb. If you have not read it already I implore you to. But that’s the comics – this news, from Latino Review, is all about the potential cinematic outing for Mr Brown.
Shia LaBeouf was a name orbiting any talks on an adaptation, and although he would have made a decent go of Yorick, alas it was not to be. D. J. Caruso, La Beouf’s director in Dusturbia and Eagle Eye, was supposed to bring Vaughn’s series to the big screen, but we’re hearing a new name – Clash of the Titans’ Louis Leterrier may be the man to compress the tale of The Last Man to our cinemas.
Tomorrow I’m going to be seeing Clash, and it’s not that I’m not interested in it, on the contrary I’m actually looking forward to it, but while I enjoyed his take on the Hulk I’m not getting too excited about the director of the Transporter films getting his hands on this incredible story. It needs a director capable of staging very punchy action scenes and evoking tension, love, confusion and fear in equal measure, all with Yorick’s nerdy pop-culture reference laced humour thrown in for good measure.
I’m not going to knock it until I’ve seen it, and I’d be very interested to see who is in charge of cramming the sixty issue story into a two hour film, but anything which brings Yorick and Ampersand (and seriously – read the comics, even typing some of the names gets me welling up) to a wider audience is a good thing.