Writers Board Y: The Last Man

Just as the first issue of the author’s new ongoing comic book series, “Saga” hits stores, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s most popular series Y: The Last Man, is on the verge of hiring two new screenwriters.

Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are said to be the men for the job and are negotiating to come aboard the New Line project, which has gone through its fair share of stops and starts over the years.

Created by Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man ran for 60 issues beginning in 2002. It tells the story of Yorick Brown, a 20-something who (along with his capuchin monkey, Ampersand) somehow survives a catastrophic event that kills off every living creature with a Y chromosome. Left in a world of only women, Yorick teams with a government operative, 355, to try and uncover the truth about the plague and why he and he alone made it through alive.

Federman and Scaia have dealt with the post-apocalypse before on the television series “Jericho” and have also adapted comic books with “Human Target.”