New Line, if you’re listening: let Brian K. Vaughan direct Y: The Last Man. For the last few years, rumors have abounded about Disturbia director D.J. Caruso directing the big screen adaptation of Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s extremely entertaining comic book series, about an amateur escape artist named Yorick (and his pet monkey, Ampersand) who survives a worldwide plague that kills off every creature with a Y chromosome, and after months of inactivity, Caruso is still “kind of loosely attached,” according to this interview with MTV.com.
I want to know why New Line, the studio that owns the rights to the series, doesn’t let series writer and up-and-coming screenwriter Vaughan take the directorial reigns of the movies himself. Obviously, if you want to replicate the magic of the source material, you can’t do much better than hiring that material’s creator. Vaughan’s already written the Y script himself, so he’s been involved at every step of the movie making process.
Besides, Hollywood seems to be fawning all over Vaughan for the past couple years, as he’s been black listed for his Merlin comedy, Roundtable, and has another script, The Vault, in development. Plus, his work as a producer-writer-executive story editor on Lost in seasons three through five was stellar and produced some of the best episodes of the series, which vaulted from spinning-its-wheels purgatory to throttling-to-a-conclusion cool during his time working there.
That resume speaks for itself. Vaughan’s worked his way up the ranks to be one of the top screenwriters in the business, and I think he deserves his shot at the director’s chair of the series that got him to this point.