As a hardcore comics fan, I can’t help but look at the Walking Dead and hope it’s the game changer that finally makes it easier for more non-superhero comics titles to get on TV. The best title I can think of as follow-up is Y: The Last Man, so this tidbit from MTV is more than a bit exciting.
Louis Leterrier’s confirmed rumors that he’s been involved in the efforts to bring this comic to screen - - although the precise size of the screen is still being discussed.
In his words…
"It's kind of stuck somewhere now… I still want to do it. I'm passionate about it. But it's stuck. People don't know what to do with it... It could play as a movie, but it would be very interesting as a TV show… I like the idea of a TV show… You take time to get to know your characters. You can introduce a lot of characters… you can have a product that doesn't make you feel like as soon as it's projected, it's thrown away. It's really a piece of art."
He speaks about the comic with the same kind of enthusiasm that I remember Robert Rodriguez and Guillermo del Toro respectively having about Sin City and Hellboy. So this goes a little beyond the usual “name attachment” we hear so often about. Given the climate and his interest, I reckon a Y: The Last Man TV show is an inevitability.
So what the hell is it about?
Funny you should ask. It’s about a street magician named Yorick Brown, who's the sole survivor of mysterious, catastrophic plague that kills every man on Earth. Followed by a male monkey, a rogue geneticist and a tough-as-nails government agent, he searches for answers and, possibly, a cure for this catastrophic situation in a world now totally run and populated by women.
It’s got a familiar premise, sure, but much like the Walking Dead explores situations you’ve seen in Romero zombie movies in much more detail, so too does this delve far deeper into the gender politics associated with these concepts than is usually allowed.