Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Y: The Last Man
As a longtime fan of The Totally Rad Show, I was saddened to see the show come to an end last November after a great five-year run. I knew that the show’s hosts: Alex Albrecht, Dan Trachtenberg and Jeff Cannata would eventually be moving onto higher profile projects, but I wasn’t expect something this significant to come along so quickly. This afternoon, after dropping a few cryptic remarks on his twitter account, Dan Trachtenberg revealed that he will be directing an adaption of Brian K. Vaughan popular comic book series Y: The Last Man.
For those not familiar with the series, Y: The Last Man tells the story of Yorick Brown, a young man who finds himself a survivor of a plague that, within minutes, kills off every other male mammal on Earth. Yorick, along with his pet monkey Ampersand, set off on a adventure to reunite with his girlfriend and to also uncover the secret to his survival of the plague. Y: The Last Man is a well written series with plenty of memorable characters, it’s a great starting point for those new to reading comics.
As a host on the Totally Rad Show, Dan Trachtenberg comes off as a very likeable guy. Watch this clip of The Totally Rad Show to see him turn a proper British tea drinking lesson into an unmitigated disaster.
Fortunately, his abilities behind the camera are a lot more graceful.
For a long time, Trachtenberg has expressed his love of the series and has often spoken of his desire to direct a film adaptation of the story. It has been fun watching him go from a reviewer of movies and comic books to landing his dream gig as his feature film directorial debut. Like many film directors, Trachtenberg’s background is based in commercial work. Over the last few years Trachtenberg ventured into directing short films, such as More Than You Can Chew, a atmospheric horror short with a great twist and Portal: No Escape, a mock trailer for movie based on Valve Corporation’s Portal video game. Trachtenberg’s Portal: No Escape short quickly made the rounds on the internet and has since notched 11.5 million views on YouTube since its’ release.
I look forward to seeing how this movie turns out and what other works we’ll see from Dan Trachtenberg in the future. Along with Y: The Last Man, Trachtenberg has also spoken of his desire to adapt Garth Ennis’ popular Preacher series. New Line Cinema has been developing Y: The Last Man since they acquired the rights in 2007, the same year The Totally Rad Show premiered. Initially, Shia Lebouf was slated to play Yorick with Alicia Keys playing his protector, Agent 355. Let’s hope that over the course of the last five years the studio have managed to come up with casting choices that are a little more inspired.