New Line latest comics pick: ‘Last Man’

Goyer may adapt Vertigo title for Benderspink

In the wake of Fox’s successful “X-Men” franchise comes “Y: The Last Man” at New Line Cinema.

Co-created by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra and published by DC Comics’ creator-owned Vertigo imprint, “Y” follows what happens after a mysterious plague kills nearly all the world’s male mammals overnight.

One man named Yorick, a magician, is curiously the only survivor among this group. With his male pet monkey, he sets out to find what may have wiped out the world’s male chromosomes.

Pic is being produced by New Line-based Benderspink principals Chris Bender and JC Spink; Mason Novick; and producer David Goyer, who penned the mini-major’s three Marvel Comics-derived “Blade” movies.

Goyer also is adapting DC’s “Batman” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

“When I first heard it from Mason, I thought, ‘That sounds really goofy,’ ” Goyer said. “But then I read the books, and it was amazing. It explores situations that you wouldn’t immediately think of — like the fact that 98% of the pilots on the planet are male.”

Project’s development is being overseen at New Line by exec VP Richard Brener and creative exec Cale Boyter. No writer is attached, but Goyer said he may adapt “Y”; numerous writers also have expressed interest in the project, he said.

New Line also is developing DC Comics’ “Shazam,” with screenwriter William Goldman penning the adaptation.

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