Since a big-budget studio adaptation of Y: The Last Man is still in limbo (New Line holds the rights, but the project has been stalled in development for years), we’ll have to make do with this impressive fan film from Christian Cardona and imagine what might be if New Line could ever get the real version off the ground. If it’s anything like this short, we hope the studio steps things up and gets this in theaters sooner rather than later.
Film School Rejects has shared Cardona’s fan video with the masses – a 17-minute long retelling of the first few issues of the popular comic that appeared on DC’s Vertigo imprint from 2002 through 2008. Brain Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s “maxi-series” follows a young man named Yorick in the aftermath of a global plague that wipes out all of Earth’s male mammals – save for him and his pet monkey, Ampersand. With the mysterious Agent 355 along to keep him safe, Yorick has to travel across a hostile America in order to reach a laboratory that may be able to figure out why he survived the plague.
There is, of course, more to it than that – but that’s all you really need to know to appreciate Vaughn’s comic and this short film.
Dubbed Y: The Last Man Rising, Cardona’s take on the material is really impressive for something made by fans. The budget constraints show through at times, but all in all this is impressive work that leaves us longing for a series of full-length feature films. Come on, New Line -- make this happen!
Check out Y: The Last Man Rising below and let us know what you think.