Friday, November 12, 2010

Could Y: The Last Man be a TV Show?

I one listened to a young lady explain the premise of Brian K. Vaughan's post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale Y: The Last Man. It started out great, a bloke called Yorik [poor chap] is apparently the sole male survivor of a deadly plague which has wiped out all the other men on the planet leaving the world populated only by females, "I don't see the problem there" I grinned.

After getting slapped, it was explained in greater detail that it wasn't just every man, but every single solitary shred of DNA with a Y chromosome, including those borne by all male mammals on the planet, embryos, fertilized eggs and even sperm [except for Yorick and his pet monkey, also a male] and that this would actually be quite disastrous for mankind as the inability to procreate would plunge society into chaos as humanity would be doomed to extinction. OK, - bummer!

In order to save humanity, Yorick must find a scientist who would need his DNA to begin human cloning, but his journey is somewhat perilous as every woman in the word wants him... ...and not necessarily for the obvious.

A movie of this interesting tale has been mulled over for some time and even progressed as far as director D. J. Caruso and actor Shia LeBeouf to be loosely attached to the project but The Transporter director Louis Leterrier seemingly has it now. Rather then wanting it to be turned into a movie however, Leterrier hopes to make a TV series using the success of The Walking Dead and various Showtime and HBO shows as an example. Considering how much better his Incredible Hulk adaptation was over his Clash of the Titans remake, I'd say he should forget his Greek legends and concentrate on comic books. Then I can forgive him for being french.

1 comment:

Constance said...

Hmm.... a series would work... each volume is a bit cliffhangery. Good graphic novel series. I wonder if Bruce Russell has read it?