D.J. Caruso On Why He Walked Away From Y: The Last Man!

The director reveals that he no longer has any sort of involvement with the movie adaptation because Warner Bros wanted to cram the story into just a single movie...

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By Josh Wilding - 11/24/2010


On Why He Decided To Walk Away From Y: The Last Man:

"I love, love, love that project. I think the biggest problem for me was I saw it as a trilogy. I didn't think that you could take Yorick's story and put it in to a two-hour movie and do it justice. That was sort of the difference. I think that New Line, working with Warner Bros. in their new relationship, just felt reluctant thinking that we can't leave this thing open. If you are familiar with the comic book you know it's just mind-boggling. If you look at what my buddy Frank Darabont did with The Walking Dead you think, I don't know is that the best thing for it? Because there is just so much great stuff, so no I'm not involved with that anymore."


On Whether He's Be Tempted To Return To The Project:

"It's one of those things where if someone came back to me and said, okay we believe in your vision of the movie, then I would definitely jump back in but I don't anticipate that happening. It's a tough screenplay to lick and we had some very good writers. But it was like you had to convince the studio that this movie could stand alone on its own. But at the same time there would be unresolved issues ultimately with what happens to Yorick and how it all ties together. It's really tough. If someone came back to me today and said they would love for me to jump in and do this the way I wanted to do it, I would. But I just feel like it's too much for one screenplay."


Y: The Last Man tells the story of the last living man after the mysterious death of the world's male mammal population and was created by Brian K. Vaughn.




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StrangerX - 11/24/2010, 6:28 AM
I've only checked out the second book. It's a great read! I think Y would actually be the next big tv series like Walking Dead if done right, but as a movie it would def need to be in a trilogy or at least two parts because it has so many elements. Of course they could do like I mentioned before and M Night Shyamalan the shit out of it, and give it a serious twist.
Xandera - 11/24/2010, 6:37 AM
I can't blame him for walking away if that's what they wanted to do with this... you can't "Cram it all in to a single movie"... I am beginning to hate WB...
selinakyle - 11/24/2010, 6:42 AM
I cant fault him for walking away. Cramming the entire series into one movie is just crazy!
GIJoeBaroness - 11/24/2010, 7:27 AM
I agree with all of the above. Oh and NO to frinking Shia la crap for Yorick!
supertrackmonkey - 11/24/2010, 7:28 AM
Hopefully AMC picks this up in the next year or two and turns it into a tv show like they did with the Walking Dead.
KUSlacker - 11/24/2010, 7:28 AM
agreed...there is no way they could do this story in just 2 hours..it would be rushed and missing the meat of the story
FrankGarret - 11/24/2010, 7:45 AM
Smart man there, one of integrity, too.

Plug time. Y: The Last Man fan cast by Frank Garret.

thunderguy123 - 11/24/2010, 7:47 AM
i concur also there's just too much to try

and cover and do it justice in 2hrs!! the

whole thing about begin the only guy around

would be very interesting to most guys..who

wants to rush that lol.
Denn1s - 11/24/2010, 7:49 AM
he is right. it would work better as a tv series
DiLusso - 11/24/2010, 7:50 AM
very much the same problem as preacher. the story is so big that to do it in one movie would barstadize the whole concept.

Y works because of the relationships that take 10 graphic novels to evolve. i think that is why the walking dead has been so well recieved. maybe y should be a hbo production type story.

would also love to see midnight nation and rising stars go into production at some point. awsome stories!!!!
mstargel - 11/24/2010, 8:18 AM
Love Y... @ArkhamsBellBoy - an HBO mini-series would be perfect
longbowhunter - 11/24/2010, 9:50 AM
Agreed this story is TV series material. One movie for the best written comic ever is a joke. Mr. Caruso you made the right choice.
DiLusso - 11/24/2010, 10:03 AM
@longbowhunte & mstargel

you know they will try and do a movie of it and F{*k it up.
Y and preacher are both amazing stories, we underestinmate how lucky we are to have complete stories with endings as they should be. rushed it would be a mess. look at 'i am legend' they f*%ked that up roayaly, and that was only a short story.
maxleresistant - 11/24/2010, 10:34 AM
Y the last man is way too long IMO. Same with Walking dead, you get tired of it way before it ends. So yes one movie is too short, but a three years or more TV series ?... I say 1 season (20 episodes) of a 60min long TV show. Or 2 season of 13episodes. I'm just Tired of all this series, comics, games etc where they keep going just because don't want to let go a moneymaker.
DoubleW - 11/24/2010, 11:15 AM
Agree with you all. Too much to put in a single movie. Needs to either be 2 or more movies or at very least a tv series like the Walking Dead. Either way, here's hoping that something cool happens with the material.
Simply7Muggs - 11/24/2010, 11:42 AM
If this does get made... I really doubt it will be done the way it should be. anyway TV series on AMC would be the best bet imo...
Bandrews1 - 11/24/2010, 1:06 PM
It should be made into a tv series.
nearmint67 - 11/24/2010, 6:17 PM
Didn't New Line make a whole butt-pile of money with The Lord of the Rings? As I recall (using sarcastic voice) two of the three movies ended with unresolved issues.
thisheart - 11/24/2010, 9:19 PM
I agree with Mr Caruso that it could be done as a trilogy, but ultimately I am glad he stepped away, as I can't have any respect for someone with an affinity for Shia.

I also think an AMC or HBO miniseries could do it justice (like Walking Dead, and as Watchmen should have been).

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