Is Y: The Last Man Facing a Ticking Production Deadline?

Although Dan Trachtenberg was named director of a planned big screen adaptation last year, author Brian K. Vaughn today tells Comic Book Resources that the rights to Y: The Last Man could soon revert to himself and co-creator Pia Guerra if production on the feature doesn’t begin soon.

“It’s my understanding that the rights to ‘Y: The Last Man’ will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn’t start shooting in the next few months,” Vaughn tells the outlet. “So I expect there will be some ‘Y’ news in 2014 either way.”

An adaptation of Y has been targeted for development almost as far back as the property’s 2002 comic book debut. The most recent iteration features a screenplay by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia.

Y tells the story of Yorick Brown, a young man 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.

Although set against an enormously scaled post-apocalyptic backdrop, the 60-issue series primarily serves as an exploration of modern gender politics and is, at its heart, an intimate coming-of-age drama.