Carl Ellsworth, screenwriter of the film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn's 'Y: The Last Man' sat down to talk with Wizard Universe about the movie.
Ellsworth he admits he wasn't a fan of the comic, or comics in general, before taking on the project. "I grew up on 'Star Wars' and watching movies, but the comic book thing kind of passed me by. That being said, I was pitched the premise and it sounded great. Once I started reading the comic books I couldn’t put them down."
Now that he's been introduced to the world of comics, the level of fervor among fans has him a bit nervous.
"This is a comic book that people care about. So [director D.J. Caruso] and I had some nervous laughter over it where it’s like, 'Oh, man, what have we gotten ourselves into?' It has been a challenge trying not to be too intimidated," Ellsworth told Wizard. "That just gets me all in an uproar and I don’t end up writing anything. I had read stories about when David Goyer, one of the producers on 'Y: The Last Man,' started writing 'Batman Begins' and the reaction that it got. So, it’s like, 'What have we done here?'”
As is often the case, the movie is likely to deviate from the comics.
"We haven’t gone out of the way to reinvent a lot of the comic because it works so well. What we’re actually trying to do is give more of a foundation to the characters and what makes them tick. For example, the Daughters of the Amazon—we’re interested in exploring how that group doesn’t just spring up overnight," Ellsworth said.
"In the comic book, we’re presented with an end-of-the-world scenario pretty darn quickly. It then becomes the adventures of Yorick and 355, but I would say that a movie version must have more of a sense of urgency and jeopardy. It’s not going to be a 'Mad Max' film. Where we want to start is what simply would the world be like if this “absurd” thing were to happen," Ellsworth continued. "It’s actually going to have more of a haunting feel to it as Yorick our main character is attempting to get his bearings and what the immediate aftermath of the plague means."
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