Y: The Last Man may not become a film
We've heard that Y: The Last Man was getting made into a film, but it's been back and forth and quiet for a bit since we heard that Louis Leterrier was interested and rumoured as the next director.
However he's been talking about the project and while he's keen to get involved, the practicalities aren't so easy. It seems that no one can decide how to adapt the comic book series for a single film. Leterrier has an idea though, and it just might work.
A mini-series, and considering the material and the story I think he's right.
It seems that this is where the debate is running around too, whether this should be a film or a television mini-series, as Louis Leterrier says:
”...it’s stuck. People don’t know what to do with it. I’d love to do it, but I need people to finance it, and the people financing it don’t know if it’s a TV show a movie, or what it should be.”
Why would it work so well as a mini-series? Or come to that a complete series? Well look at where The Walking Dead is going, and with a story that involves a character similarly wandering through a wasteland of a world trying to find purpose and answers, it certainly has the length to go to a series or two, and too much for a film.
The story follows Yorick Brown, the last man alive on Earth after a mysterious plague has killed all creatures on the planet with a “Y” chromosone, except for him and his monkey called Ampersand.
Collider, who have the MTV story and Leterrier's comments, pick a superb quote from him about why Y: The Last Man would work better as a television show rather than a film, and he's hitting it right on the head.
”You take time to get to know your characters. You can introduce a lot of characters. You don’t need your three-action set pieces that you usually need for movies. Frankly, with HBO and Showtime and cable shows, the DVD box sets and all, you can have a product that doesn’t make you feel like as soon as it’s projected, it’s thrown away. It’s really a piece of art.”
I think “piece of art” is indeed overplaying it somewhat, but he's right in the broad sense, a story like this is just too big to be dropped on a single film. It's the same as The Walking Dead and the soon to be made The Dark Tower, they just will not work in one film, they need more time to develop the world, the characters and the story.
There's still a question about who is the best director, but to be honest the first thing on the table is who is going to write it, and will they get to give the story a chance in decent series or will it be constrained and squeezed into a single film? I know what I would rather.