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Last fall, we learned that the long-gestating 'Y: The Last Man' movie was bumped up to a priority over at New Line. The latest draft of the script, which the studio was totally jazzed about, was penned by 'Jericho's Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and forced New Line to move the project up the ladder. The question remained however, as to who would be directing the film. And now it seems, 'Y' has its man. It appears that Dan Trachtenberg has been tapped to helm the big screen adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn's dystopian graphic novel. Trachtenberg has never directed a feature film, but his 'Portal'-based short film 'No Escape,' has earned him considerable cache with geeks. 'Y: The Last Man' is the story of Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, the only two survivors of a spontaneous plague that killed every other being on Earth bearing a y-chromosome. Trachtenberg is also attached to Universal's 'Crime of the Century.' No word on when production on 'Y' is set to begin.
This is fantastic news. If you haven't seen Trachtenberg's short 'No Escape,' do yourself a favor and hit the play button on the video below. It may seem odd to get excited about an untested filmmaker taking on a major studio project, especially when that excitement is based on a fan film. However, 'No Escape' displays Trachtenberg's stellar grasp of cinematography and unique storytelling dynamics and I cannot wait to see what he does with a full crew and a budget. Also, the very appeal of a fan film in the first place is that the person making it possesses a great deal of passion for their particular subject, and they therefore pour every ounce of energy into making something faithful to the source. Via Twitter, and on past podcasts, Trachtenberg has expressed similar fandom for 'Y: The Last Man;' referring to this directing gig as his dream job. So at the very least, we know that the movie will be handled with care, attention to detail, and reverence. Isn't that what we want from all comic book adaptations? You've got to give props to New Line for making a choice that benefits the project as opposed to opting for the safest route possible.
What do you guys think? Excited Trachtenberg is directing 'Y?' Any misgivings about the choice? Seriously, how awesome was that 'Portal' short?