Director DJ Caruso leaves Y: The Last Man project

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Sometimes, a director has to stick to his principles. That’s what DJ Caruso felt he had to do after New Line and Warner Bros. rejected his vision for the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s popular graphic novel Y: The Last Man (Vertigo). MovieWeb reports that Caruso wanted to turn the complex story into a trilogy but met resistance from the studios, skeptical that the option would have that much mileage with audiences.

Caruso said, “it was like you had to convince the studio that this movie could stand alone on its own. But at the same time there would be unresolved issues ultimately with what happens to Yorick [the titular “Y”] and how it all ties together.” Y follows the story of the last male human, and the only other male animal alive besides his pet Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, after a plague eradicates everything carrying the Y chromosome. Caruso called the Y script a tough one to “lick,” implying that the project has more obstacles to overcome than its current handicap. Then again, Caruso employed the same rhetoric about another adaptation he is involved with, a little project called Dead Space.

Dead Space we are still trying to lick. It’s a great concept; it’s…

Sometimes, a director has to stick to his principles. That's what DJ Caruso felt he had to do after New Line and Warner Bros. rejected his vision for the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's popular graphic novel Y: The Last Man (Vertigo). MovieWeb reports that Caruso wanted to turn the complex story into a trilogy but met resistance from the studios, skeptical that the option would have that much mileage with audiences.

Caruso said, "it was like you had to convince the studio that this movie could stand alone on its own. But at the same time there would be unresolved issues ultimately with what happens to Yorick [the titular "Y"] and how it all ties together." Y follows the story of the last male human, and the only other male animal alive besides his pet Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, after a plague eradicates everything carrying the Y chromosome. Caruso called the Y script a tough one to "lick," implying that the project has more obstacles to overcome than its current handicap. Then again, Caruso employed the same rhetoric about another adaptation he is involved with, a little project called Dead Space.

"Dead Space we are still trying to lick. It's a great concept; it's a great game…I definitely don't think it will be next (for me) but I would like to get to it in the future," says Caruso. While it doesn't look like Caruso has anything lined up to take the place of Y or precede Dead Space, we have thedirector's next work, 2011's I Am Number Four, to look forward to. We can also rest assured that any chance of Shia Labeouf playing Yorick, walked out the door with his frequent collaborator (see Disturbia, Eagle Eye). 

[via MovieWeb]