PORTAL Short Film Director Dan Trachtenberg to Helm Y: THE LAST MAN

     January 9, 2013


New Line Cinema has found a director for its long-gestating adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughan graphic novel Y: The Last Man.  The dystopian story centers on Yorick, the last surviving man after an epidemic kills every other mammal with a Y chromosome.  We reported last September that the project was a priority for the studio and they were vetting possible directors.  The pressure was on to find the right person for the pic, as a number of candidates have come and gone including DJ Caruso (Disturbia), who was attached to the project for a considerable amount of time.  Now that director search has seemingly ended, as the studio has settled on commercials helmer Dan Trachtenberg to bring the adaptation to fruition.  Hit the jump for more details.

Per Deadline, New Line Cinema has tapped Trachtenberg to helm the adaptation, which will mark his feature film debut.  Trachtenberg made waves a couple of years ago with a short film he directed based on the video game Portal.  Universal subsequently set Trachtenberg to write and direct an original pitch titled Crime of the Century, but one assumes Y: The Last Man will now be his priority.

Watch Trachtenberg’s short film below, followed by the synopsis for Y: The Last Man.

Here’s the synopsis for Y: The Last Man:

Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan (LOST, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth. [Amazon]


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