March 14, 2012 6:12pm PT by Borys Kit
New Line Sets Writers for 'Y: The Last Man' (Exclusive)
Just as Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan returns to the comic world with his new original series titled Saga, there is movement on another Vaughan creation, Y: The Last Man.
Writing duo Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are in final negotiations to write New Line Cinema's adaptation of the acclaimed Vertigo comic book. J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and David Goyer are producing. Mason Novick and Jake Weiner are executive producing.
The comic, created by Vaughan and Pia Guerra, centers on Yorick, an escape artist who is the last survivor of a mysterious plague that has killed every male mammal in the world. With his pet monkey, he sets out to find what might have wiped out the world's male chromosomes.
The project has been long in development at New Line and came close to taking off in an incarnation with a script by Carl Ellsworth and D.J. Caruso attached as director.
Now Federman and Scaia will go back to the drawing board.
The duo is somewhat new to the feature world but are hot out of the gate - Y is the second studio job in five months after booking Sony’s untitled Zorro origin project — but they have plenty of genre TV credits. Federman and Scaia were writer-producers on Charlie’s Angels, Human Target, Warehouse 13 and Jericho.
They are repped by CAA, Mosaic and lawyers Mark Wetzstein and Bruce Gellman.