Here’s a project based on a graphic novel that I actually have an informed opinion on. Last year I went through a period, at the behest of some readers, to really honestly try to become a graphic novel reader. It didn’t take. I read some of the most celebrated, critically adored graphic novels in the universe, and I just couldn’t properly absorb the format. Y: The Last Man, ironically, was my last attempt. As I read Brian K. Vaughan’s series, I could definitely appreciate it, and I dug the ideas and the themes. Unfortunately, all I could really think was: “Man, this would make a great movie.” But as a graphic novel, I just couldn’t absorb it — my brain, sadly, just doesn’t work that way.
And now we arrive to the point: According to Latino Review’s source, Louis Leterrier is interested in directing Y: The Last Man, presumably picking up where D.J. Caruso and Shia LaBeouf left off, after they reportedly abandoned the project. At least that’s why I think Latino Review is reporting: Their source speaks in a way that I can’t fully comprehend (like graphic novels).
Is Louis Leterrier a good choice for Y: The Last Man? Well, I do know enough about graphic novels and movies in general to say: Absolutely not. Clash of the Titans looks like an empty popcorn spectacle, heavy on action, light on character. And Y: The Last Man, which certainly has its action elements, is better described as a (half) apocalyptic character piece. Granted, Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk was a decent character study, thanks in some part to Ed Norton, but it also underwhelmed, on the whole.
Point being: I don’t really trust the director of Transporter 2 with Y: The Last Man. He’s an action director, and Y: The Last Man deserves better than that. It also deserves better than Shia LaBeouf, so we can at least be thankful that he and Caruso have dropped the project. Leterrier, however, doesn’t represent much of an improrvement, nor have I any idea who he might attempt to cast as Yorick, though if I absolutely had to choose someone myself, I might go with Kick-Ass’ Aaron Johnson.