Timing is crucial in the movie industry. The casting of lead actors really can hang on scheduling, as much as that's often used as a "creative differences" style excuse for people pulling out of things.
And when movies are based upon other things – books, TV series, plays – there's often a ticking clock in play as well, a countdown to the rights or option reverting and the filmmakers losing their license to even make the film.
Famously, there's an entire Fantastic Four movie that seems to exist only to extend a producer's rights to the characters. Marvel's upcoming Netflix series centred on Daredevil only exists because Fox defaulted on their option. And then there's Sony's quick-fire turnaround of a Spider-Man reboot, marching Tobey Maguire out of the door and pretty much right away putting a "Situations Vacant" ad in the window.
And right now, the countdown hangs over Y: The Last Man, a movie version Bryan K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's comic series.
Last summer, Dan Trachtenberg was attached to direct the film, on the basis of his work in shorts and promos and, presumably, a strong Y pitch. In the meantime, we've heard no more. No casting. No production start date. Not even a release date – all too often the first thing we hear about it.
And maybe we won't hear a single peep more. Vaughan has given an interview to CBR (with thanks to Coming Soon for the pointer) in which he discusses a broad spread of his work. Asked about the Y movie, Vaughan makes it simple:
It's my understanding that the rights to Y: The Last Man will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn't start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some Y news in 2014 either way.
I wish Trachtenberg the best of luck, but I've got a hunch that we'll be seeing Y wander over and end up on to TV, if it's ever adapted anywhere.
Incidentally, Vaughan also offered quick updates on other movie projects he's associated with:
And I presume a Runaways movie is dead at this point, but I haven't talked to anyone from Marvel in a long time, so I'm not sure. I thought Roundtable and The Vault were both dead, too, but I just heard rumblings about each recently. I guess you never know.
Both Roundtable and The Vault were original screenplays by Vaughan and, by reputation at least, both are a lot of fun. It's encouraging that there have been rumblings…
…but then, there were rumblings about Y too, last summer. It's a long, hard slog to the silver screen and it's all too easy to miss a bit and fall out of step along the way, it seems.