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D.J. Caruso Continues to Talk ‘Y the Last Man’

D.J. Caruso Continues to Talk ‘Y the Last Man’

Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso, promoting the film’s DVD release, said of his next project, Y the Last Man,  “I think it’s one of those that the source material is fantastic stuff, it’s great, but it’s a tough one to lick into getting into a screenplay. I’ve tried to feel like it’s a trilogy of movies and I think everyone sort of agrees, but at the same time, just getting the first movie right and getting the right beats and knowing what to put in, it’s been really tough. You have great minds like David Goyer and you’ve got Carl Ellsworth and you’ve got Brian K. Vaughn, and I’m working with them to just kind of crack it and get it down. And we’re almost there. I know it’s a slow process, but I think eventually we’ll get it. We’re going to get it and we’ll get it right, but we had a pretty good breakthrough a couple weeks ago in the final act, and hopefully we’ll get there.”

On the concept that the ten volume series, which concluded earlier this year from Vertigo, being turned into a trilogy, he told Coming Soon, “I don’t think the movie so much will be left open-ended, it’s just a matter of, if you’re familiar with the source material, there’s so much great stuff and he meets so many great characters but it’s over the course of a long period of time. When you’re telling the story—yes, the fanboys and all the people who love it will go and see it—but if you’re just seeing the movie from a filmgoers’ perspective and you’re not familiar with the source material, you have to make sure you make the movie that they understand and they love, too. Like I said, it’s been more difficult than I thought but we’re getting close."

While he hopes to make this his next project, Caruso floated the notion that he may film something else if the screenplay gets delayed.


Vertigo/WildStorm at the Movies

Vertigo/WildStorm at the Movies

Since Dark Knight hit the screen, the world of superheroes in film may not be the same again. With the inevitable success of Watchmen in 2009 and many more non-cape-wearing heroes on the way to theaters, we’ve collected just where things lie on some of our favorite Vertigo and WildStorm franchises, and how far we could be to seeing them at the local multiplex. For the super-heroes, see yesterday’s report.

Y the Last Man

New Lien optioned the recently completed  Y the Last Man several years ago and creator Brian K. Vaughn wrote the initial screenplay. In 2007, New Line assigned the stalled project to the creative team behind Disturbia — director DJ Caruso and screenwriter Carl Ellsworth — with producer David Goyer.

In an interview with Caruso, he claimed that the story was too much for just one movie, and they decided to focus on making the first film primarily about issues 1-14 of the comic series. The entire series would be plotted into three films and rumors have been circulating that Shia LaBeouf was in line for the role at one point. Caruso and LaBeouf worked together of Disturbia and Eagle Eye and LaBeouf expressed interest in the role.

Caruso told Slash Film in July, “I was talking to Shia [LaBeouf] about this yesterday when we were looping him, because he really wants to do it as well, I would like to prep this movie in October, and start shooting it by January. Warner Bros keeps saying ‘We need movies for 2010′ I’m like ‘We’re the movie!’” said Caruso. “[Shia] wants to do it, I want to do it. I think we just need to worry about him being exhausted, so I told him, if I prep it in the fall and we start in January, that’s a nice big break.”


D.J. Caruso says ‘Y’ is Next

D.J. Caruso says ‘Y’ is Next

Director D.J. Caruso has spoken with Marvel about Thor, as we reported last week, but clearly he expects his next film to be the first of a planned trilogy adapting Brian K. Vaughn’s Y the Last Man. He spoke recently with Sci FI Wire and indicated he delivered the most recent draft of the screenplay to Warner Bros. just last week.

“I’d love to prep that late in the fall if I can and roll into shooting that … after the winter,” Caruso said. “So Warner’s pretty hot on moving forward.”

Caruso told the website that he sees speeding up the film’s pace compared to the 60 issue comic from Vertigo.  “Primarily in the first movie, I mean, it’s really important to stay focused on Yorick. And we do deal with Alter…the Israeli army and then the Chinese faction that’s coming in as well. But, you know, to get us going, to get us grounded, it’s really about Yorick. You know, the anchor of this particular film would be the Yorick-355 relationship.”

He confirmed that the studio was eyeing a late 2010 release and Shia LaBeouf, his star in the forthcoming Eagle Eye, remained his top choice for Yorick, the slacker who wakes up one morning to discover he was the last man on Earth.  “Well, I think Yorick is a fantastic role for Shia. One, because Yorick has great sort of self-deprecating humor. … One thing Shia really brings to him is that … realistic acting style and being put in some crazy … super-realistic situations. Shia always keeps them real and keeps it grounded. He’s endearing. I’m hoping that the 355 relationship … I always thought it would be really cool to have that be sort of a [Robert] De Niro-[Charles] Grodin … banter type relationship, like they had in Midnight Run. I think that Shia would be a great sort of receiver and giver on both sides of that. I think he’d really bring a lot to it.”

As for the remainder of the casting, Caruso also acknowledged the recent rumors over singer Alicia Keys being added as Agent 355, who winds up protecting Yorick on his global journey. “I have not met her, but I mean she might be an interesting 355. I thought she did a cool job in the Joe Carnahan movie [Smokin’ Aces].”

SDCC: The (Maybe) Imminent Demise of Monthly Comics

SDCC: The (Maybe) Imminent Demise of Monthly Comics

I know, I know. More news from San Diego? A full week later?

Apologies all around, but this is too interesting to pass up. Newsarama has a recap of a panel where a few industry folks discuss the potential demise of comics in their monthly, floppy form.

Douglas Wolk and Joe Keatinge are the headliners, and everyone has a different opinion with plenty of insight to back up their thoughts. Things went toward the chicken and egg argument, as illustrated by this quote from retailer Carr D’Angelo:

Wolk asked D’Angelo about difference between the return on investment between monthly comics and graphic novel.

“We call them our perennials,” he said, about graphic novels that always seem to sell. “If we can find a new product we can turn endlessly, it’s like what Scrooge McDuck wants, a machine that turns lead into gold.” He named Persepolis and Blankets as examples, saying his investment was virtually guaranteed when he ordered them – unlike with monthly comics.

“I can never have too many Y the Last Man trades,” D’Angelo said. “It’s an endless supply of business. But I couldn’t do that if there weren’t 60 issues in the first place, building up goodwill, and building up an audience, and building up reviews.”

The Long Goodbye to ‘Y: the Last Man’

As fans of Brian K. Vaughan drool in anticipation of the purported awesomeness of his movie spec script for Roundtable, Vertigo offered a last, wistful look at BKV’s Y: The Last Man by releasing the 10th and final collection, Whys and Wherefores.

It didn’t get much attention, in no small part because of the outpouring of attention that greeted the series’ final issue last year. There was even quite a party.

I took part in quite a bit of the celebrating/mourning, reminiscing on favorite moments and interviewing BKV. One of my favorite notes from that interview was Vaughan’s reluctance to read the final issue that he’d picked up from a comics shop. Like many others, he couldn’t bear to say goodbye.

But that’s the thing about successful comics. They never really go away.

Even though all 10 trades of Last Man are now out, odds are good we’ll see more before long. There’ll be anniversary editions and movie editions (assuming it gets made).

More likely than not we’ll see an "Absolute" version.

So, don’t fret. Yorick’s not gone for good. He’s just waiting for the next chance to cash in.

Brian K. Vaughan on Lost and Y: the Last Man

Brian K. Vaughan on Lost and Y: the Last Man

Another day, another tease regarding this week’s season premiere of Lost and the impending end of Y: The Last Man.

New York Magazine‘s pop culture blog, Vulture, posted this brief interview with writer Brian K. Vaughan about his uber-popular television and comics projects. The interview provides some context for Vaughan’s decision to off one of the series’ main characters in a recent issue, as well as some insight regarding his favorite characters.

All of that, and some thoughts on the possibility of a spin-off series:

No. I am truly washing my hands. Unless I’m in really dire financial straits and I have to do an Ampersand the Monkey spinoff.

As far as the passengers of Oceanic Flight 813, Vaughan manages to keep the secrets of Lost Season Four, well… secret. And for good reason:

I think if I were to answer too specifically, a future version of myself would appear and assassinate me.

Lost airs Thursday, Jan. 31 on ABC at 8 PM (EST).

My Cousin Vinnie vs. the Vampires, by Michael H. Price

My Cousin Vinnie vs. the Vampires, by Michael H. Price

Right about now, my cousin Vincent Price would be grumbling about a new film called I Am Legend (opening Dec. 14) – reminding anyone within earshot that he had been the first to star in a movie based upon that apocalyptic story and muttering, “You’d think we hadn’t done it right, the first time.”

Price (1911-1993) had said as much about another movie during our last get-together, in 1986 during a college-campus lecture-tour visit to Fort Worth, Texas. David Cronenberg’s Oscar-bait remake of The Fly was about to open, and Price – who had starred in the original Fly of 1958 – was exercising his prerogative, as a grey eminence of Hollywood’s horror-film scene, to cop an indignant stance: “Hmph! You’d think we hadn’t done it right, the first time.” Like I said…

Francis Lawrence’s I Am Legend, starring Will Smith in a role corresponding to that which Price had handled, is the third filming of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel about the collapse of civilization under an epidemic of vampirism. Price’s version, issued in 1964 with little fanfare, bears the title The Last Man on Earth. Price might have grumped about a 1971 remake called The Omega Man – if not for the starring presence of his friend Charlton Heston in that one.

In a benevolent side-effect, the heavy promotion of I Am Legend has prompted a classy widescreen-DVD release of The Last Man on Earth – issued last week via a video-label holding-company ghost traveling under the worthy old corporate name of MGM.

Vincent Price: The name conjures images as varied as the roles he tackled (romantic, comical, heroic, tragic) before typecasting kicked in to distinguish him as the baddest of bogeymen. Price was as prominent a champion of gracious living – gourmet chef, cultural scholar, published author, and discerning collector of art – as he was a reliable movie menace..


Hollywood Casting Announcements Flow Towards San Diego

Hollywood Casting Announcements Flow Towards San Diego

Comic-Con is upon us and Hollywood studios, like the various publishers, have lined up a series of announcements to whet the appetites of fanboys, geeks, and the mainstream media.  I should note it’s pretty fun the con is receiving more coverage this year than the political conventions will likely receive next year.

Over the last week or so, numerous announcements have been slipping out through the trade press, starting with word that Seth Rogan, riding high from being Knocked Up, will write and star in the long-awaited Green Hornet movie. 

Yesterday, word spread pretty quickly about likely casting for the forthcoming adaptation of Watchmen, being helmed by 300’s Zack Snyder.  Matthew Goode looks to be Adrian Vedit, a.k.a Ozymandias.  Joining him will be Billy Curdrup (Dr. Manhattan), Patrick Wilson (Night Owl) and relative newcomer Malin Ackerman (Silk Spectre).  Jackie Earle Haley, who was recently nominated for an Academy Award, will play the pivotal role of Rorschach.

The Hollywood Reporter, today, added to that by named Disturbia’s director, D.J. Caruso, as the man behind New Line Cinema’s version of Vertigo’s Y the Last Man.  Caruso is paired once more with writer Carl Ellsworth, who cut his teeth writing for Joss Whedon, before leaping to features. J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and Blade’s David Goyer are producing the film, which was optioned some two years ago. The comic book series wraps up a little later this year with nine trade collections currently available.

Additional announcements expected this week include casting for Frank Miller’s directorial debut on The Spirit and maybe some additional word on the long-stalled Wolverine film that now inches towards a green light.

Cooke Sweeps The Shusters

Cooke Sweeps The Shusters

The 2007 Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Creator Awards were handed out this weekend and, according to the JSA (get it?) website, here are the winners:

Fan Favourite – English: web comics creator Dan Kim (April & May & June, Penny Tibute, Kanami)

Fan Favourite – French: Michel Rabagliati (Paul a la Peche)

Favourite International (non-Canadian) comic book creator: Brian K. Vaughan (Runaways, Y the Last Man, Ex Machina, Pride of Baghdad, Doctor Strange: The Oath).

Outstanding Web Comics Creator: Dan Kim (April & May & June, Kanami, Penny Tribute)

Outstanding Writer: Darwyn Cooke (Superman Confidential)

The Outstanding Artist : Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone (Batman/The Spirit)

The Outstanding Cartoonist (writer/artist) award went to Darwyn Cooke (The Spirit)

Hall of Fame inductees were Albert Chartier, Jacques Hurtubise, Gerry Lazarre and Gene Day. Hurtubise and Lazarre were both on hand to accept their induction into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. The late Gene Day’s brother David Day was on hand to accept for his brother.

2007 Shuster Award Nominees Announced

2007 Shuster Award Nominees Announced

Named after Canada’s most famous cartoonist, the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards nominees have been released. Mr. Shuster, of course, was the co-creator of Superman – the original visual look and feel of fabled Metropolis was based upon Toronto.

The winners will be announced at a Satuday, June 9th ceremony at the Holiday Inn, 370 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, during the weekend of the Paradise Toronto Comicon.

According to their press release, the 2007 Shuster Award nominees are: