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D.J. Caruso and Carl Ellsworth, the team behind the hit thriller "Disturbia," are reteaming for "Y: The Last Man," New Line Cinema's adaptation of the acclaimed Vertigo comic book. J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and David Goyer are producing.

Caruso is developing and directing, with Ellsworth on board to write.

The comic, created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, centers on Yorick, an escape artist who is the last survivor of a mysterious plague that has killed every single male mammal in the world. With his male pet monkey, he sets out to find what might have wiped out the world's male chromosomes.

Mason Novick is exec producing.

Caruso and Ellsworth became hot properties with "Disturbia," the teen-skewing "Rear Window"-like thriller made for $20 million that has grossed about $80 million.

Caruso, who also directed "The Salton Sea" and "Two for the Money," is repped by CAA and attorney John LaViolette.

Ellsworth began his Hollywood career working on Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and going on to "Cleopatra 2525," on which he worked with Sam Raimi. He entered the feature world with the DreamWorks hit "Red Eye," on which he first teamed with producers Spink, Bender and Novick. Ellsworth is repped by ICM and Shuman Co. and attorney Karl Austen.
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