The writing team of Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have a rough job ahead of them. They’re now in final negotiations with New Line to write the film adaptation of Y: The Last Man, one the most celebrated comic book series of the 00s. Created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, the story centered on Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the two sole male survivors of a worldwide plague that kills all other living things with a Y chromosome.
Federman and Scaia are best known for their TV work, including Jericho, Human Target (read the comic, haven’t seen the show), and the ill-fated revamp of Charlie’s Angels. No word on if Federman and Scaia are going to take a multi-film approach to their adaptation, or if they’ll base their script on Vaughan’s own screenplay for Y: The Last Man, which you can probably scrounge up online. D.J. Caruso (The Salton Sea, Disturbia) previously took a stab at adapting the 60-issue Y into a film trilogy, but Caruso ultimately left the project since Warner Bros./New Line were hesitant to get behind his vision.
In related news, Vaughan made his return to comics this week with Saga, which is illustrated by Fiona Staples. I’m a trade-waiting sort of guy, so I’m eager to read it once the first collection comes out. (It’s Image, so thankfully I won’t be waiting a year.) I’m just hoping Vaughan hasn’t lost that golden touch of his when he finally hit his stride. Seriously: Y, Ex Machina, Runaways, and Pride of Baghdad all came out between 2002 and 2006. That’s some Midas-style work, and hell, I even liked his Dr. Strange mini with Marcos Martin.[Via Heat Vision/THR]