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Disturbia Team Tackle Y: The Last Man
Caruso and Ellsworth to adapt comic

24 July 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

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If your last film was the only true sleeper hit of the year and stayed top of the US box office for three weeks - something none of the blockbusters have managed - chances are you want to capitalise on that success as soon as possible. Sure enough, Disturbia director DJ Caruso and writer Carl Ellsworth are teaming up again to adapt bleak post-Apocalyptic comic book Y: The Last Man.

Y is the thoroughly creepy and disturbing tale of what happens when every last man, and indeed every last higher animal with a Y chromosone, drops dead one day. All, that is, except one wannabe magician called Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand. Yorick sets out on a quest to get across America, now populated by zealot Amazonians who are determined to finish the job that the plague started. He's not sure if he's more concerned about helping a brilliant geneticist find out what caused the plague or get to Australia to find his girlfriend, on holiday there at the time of the disaster, but either way he's got his work cut out.

The interesting thing about today's news is that Disturbia star Shia LaBeouf, who's so hot right now, recently expressed a desire to star as Yorick. Which has got to make you wonder - did he know these guys were going to be hired? Cause, y'know, given that he did well for them last time he's got to be in with a shot at the lead. Or did his interest encourage someone to get them hired, in the hope that Mr Next Big Thing would sign on? Or is it all a beautiful cosmic coincidence that offers evidence of the existence of unicorns? We guess that time, and whether or now LaBeouf is cast, will tell.


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Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just finished reading the comic run last night and the beef is all wrong im afraid. I, personally, think the guy is great (comedy appeal - transformers, indy) but not for yorick. Id happily push for F4's Chris Evans as someone posted earlier. More

Posted by Looshkin80 at 14:51 on 10 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Disturbia Team Tackle Y: The Last Man
Sounds fairly interesting, I haven't read the comic, but I'm always up for some post-apocalyptic thrills. Disturbia was a nifty little piece of work, hardly original, but tight and effective, I wouldn't mind seeing what the director and screenwriter can do with this adaptation. I think LaBeouf would be a good choice for the lead, as I said I haven't read the comic, so my opinion is simply based on the fact that I like the guy, a charming, talented actor, capable of carrying a film on his own. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:46 on 02 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Just saw a screen cap of Shia in DJ Caruso's upcoming feature Eagle Eye, and he looks quite a bit older than he did in Transformers. I could certainly buy him as Yorick, or at least the person Yorick was at the beginning of Y right now. I don't see how they can do the comics justice with one movie though. More

Posted by Monef at 06:00 on 02 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Script review at Latinorview... Looks good for a first draft! www.latinoreview.com/news.php?id=2578 More

Posted by Mr Terrific at 20:44 on 03 August 2007 | Report This Post

Oh yes! Shia would be perfect as Yorick. More

Posted by DJ Satan at 14:06 on 25 July 2007 | Report This Post

Shia LeBeouf just looks too young. A lot of Y: The Last Man revolves around the sexual politics of being the only man alive in a world of women. If the main actor looks like a kid, it makes it all a bit, well, creepy... More

Posted by The_Hat at 09:32 on 25 July 2007 | Report This Post

Shia LeBeouf just looks too young. A lot of Y: The Last Man revolves around the sexual politics of being the only man alive in a world of women. If the main actor looks like a kid, it makes it all a bit, well, creepy... More

Posted by The_Hat at 09:31 on 25 July 2007 | Report This Post

Shia LaBeouf and EMPIRE WTF??!! HIM AGAIN??!!
Why is it that EMPIRE seem to be about the only website that LIKE The Beef???? More

Posted by nicky1975 at 09:22 on 25 July 2007 | Report This Post

why all the fuss about Shia
i don't hate shia but why all the fuss he's just an average actor who looks twelve years old More

Posted by alimac at 16:29 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Too Young!!
Shia LeBoeuf seems a tad too young too play yorick to me, he's a god actor and all but i swear that Ryan Reynolds is actually the human embodiment of Yorick! Please, please people cast him!! I know hes been in some pretty rubbishy movies but he does have acting ability and he's also (fortunately!) very cute!!! More

Posted by Guinevere at 14:16 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

this is a cool comic but i dont think it can be made into ONE film, maybe a trilogy! As for casting? i dont care what people say Shia Lebouf if fantastic in everything he does but he isnt right for the part of Yorick he doesnt seem quite old enough but then again maybe thats just because hes played 'kid' roles all his life. More

Posted by clarkkent at 14:10 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Evil_Bob For gods sake. Shia Le Boeuf. He would be good for........NOTHING!!. he was far and away the most annoying thing in Transformers. The last thing the world needs is another actor who can play a geeky American high school student to perfection. There's enough out there as it is and now they've stuck him in INDY 4!!!!! Will ruin Y THe last man if that happens. OH MAN! this is gonna be awesome, ive read all the comics thus far, and its a brilliant story, but for 'Rick im not More

Posted by The Lensman at 12:59 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
For gods sake. Shia Le Boeuf. He would be good for........NOTHING!!. he was far and away the most annoying thing in Transformers. The last thing the world needs is another actor who can play a geeky American high school student to perfection. There's enough out there as it is and now they've stuck him in INDY 4!!!!! Will ruin Y THe last man if that happens. More

Posted by Evil_Bob at 12:31 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
aughan's sbe pretty good for the big screen as well. More

Posted by Dave B at 12:21 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
Y is a great story; its engaging, funny and also pretty disturbing at times. Shia LeBeouf could pull off Yorick's pop culture references and comedy moments pretty well. The empire article makes it sound more like I Am Legend than it actually is. There's also far too much in this series of books to cover in one movie.Would be better as two movies or a tv series - the story takes place over a few years and involves many sub plots. Who caused the plague, why did Yoricka and Apersand survive, what More

Posted by r0ckdaisy at 12:01 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

It's not really like I Am Legend at all - more like Children of Men. Y the Last Man is an absolutely awesome book. Don't write it off because it's a comic. It's intelligently written and thought provoking. Scans of the whole(ish) series to date are available to download on bitorrent sites and are well worth a look. More

Posted by The_Hat at 10:58 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

maybe
I would like to see it, their is not alot comic book movies that don't involve having a superhero in it, it could be refreshing to have a different kind of character in it and of course i'm a fan of magic related fiction. More

Posted by anakin solo at 10:45 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

not every comic has been ruined by films Alan moore is just a grumpy prick who needs to cut his hair and shave his stupid gandelf beard !!!!!!!! More

Posted by alimac at 10:18 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Sounds Familiar
Sounds like Omega Man/I am Legend to Me. More

Posted by somara1972 at 10:11 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Ok, so it's another comic adaptation, but at least not a superhero one. I know there have been any number of weak adaptations which upset the fanboys (who are only a small percentage of moviegoers) but there are some great stories out there. In good hands they can translate into great movies. Y has a strong plot and engaging characters, more than many mainstream movies so who knows... More

Posted by bagrot1 at 10:09 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Y:The Last man
It's a great book but there's way too much going on for one film. They'd have to distill 60 odd issues into 2 hours. Would make a great tv show though. More

Posted by MrSib at 10:09 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Sounds Familiar
Sounds like Omega Man/I am Legend to Me. More

Posted by somara1972 at 10:08 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Oh what a surprise
Oh look another comic book adaptation. What a surprise! That brings the total to about 465898815 this week alone. They must have some guys whose job it tis to trawl through all the comics and graphic novels and see how they can ruin them.   Also sounds a bit like I am legend but with Amazonians instead of Vampires. Probably without any character depth though. More

Posted by shool at 09:52 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

NO
Again....why is Hollywood doing this . please leave comics as comics... I'm with Alan Moore all the way on this More

Posted by DAD at 09:45 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

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