Vaughan: Time running out for Y: The Last Man flick (and Runaways is probably ‘dead')

Brian K. Vaughan is one heck of a prolific comic creator, but it sounds like two of his upcoming comic-to-movie projects could be headed for development hell.

The studio New Line picked up the rights to Vaughan’s acclaimed Y: The Last Man comic back in the mid-to-late 2000s, but if this thing doesn’t start shooting this year, it sounds like the rights could revert back to the comic creators within the next few months.

The comic was a high-profile pickup and eyed as a trilogy at the time, and everyone from D.J. Caruso to David S. Goyer has been attached over the years. Most recently, Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia had signed on to write a script in 2012. Newcomer Dan Trachtenberg is currently attached to direct that version, but none of that will matter if the studio doesn’t have the rights.

Here’s how Vaughan explained it in an interview with Comic Book Resources:

“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, so I expect there will be some Y news in 2014 either way.”

Though the studio was apparently high on the latest draft, this could all be for the best in the long run. No one wants to see a film version rushed into production in an effort to hit an arbitrary deadline, and who knows, maybe this will open the door down the line for a TV adaptation that could do the material justice?

But, Y: The Last Man isn’t the only Vaughan project on the rocks. The writer also offered up an update on that long-gestating Runaways film, which would be based on his stellar comic run about a group of teens who run away from their supervillain parents.

Marvel had the film on the fast track for a while, and it was being lined up as a tentpole release, at least until the company switched gears to focus on The Avengers. Interesting note: The (apparently awesome) script was also good enough to land writer Drew Pearce the scripting gig on Iron Man 3.

Though Marvel is starting to dig deeper into its catalog with that big Netflix deal, it sounds like Runaways will remain in development hell for the foreseeable future. As far as Vaughan knows, the project is effectively “dead,” though he noted that one never knows if it might come back to life. If the film doesn’t get made, it’s a true shame, because his initial arc was the perfect pitch for a great movie.

Here’s an excerpt on that from Vaughan:

“And I presume a Runaways movie is dead at this point, but I haven't talked to anyone from Marvel in a long time, so I'm not sure. I thought Roundtable and The Vault were both dead, too, but I just heard rumblings about each recently. I guess you never know.”

How do you hope things will work out for these two fan-favorite comic properties?

(Via Comic Book Resources)

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