On January 31, 2008, I wrote this:
“The saga of Yorick, the last man left on earth after a plague wipes out all other males, and his pet monkey Ampersand, is headed for the big screen under the direction of D.J. Caruso, with a screenplay by Carl Ellsworth. They are the team that brought you Disturbia.
Caruso is currently at work on Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf and Billy Bob Thornton. In an interview with USA Today, Caruso said he’s talked with Shia about possibly taking on the role of Yorick, but nothing is definite yet. Schedules, writers’ strike, etc., etc., you know the drill.”
(Writers’ strike! Remember the writers’ strike? That was fun.)
Never happened (and really, I think that was for the best); Caruso left the project two years ago and Shia has moved on from the graphic novels are cool and hip phase to the I must be shocking and naked phase. Now, though, Vulture reports that the project may be on its way to a revival.
New Line Cinema reportedly is “very pleased” with the latest version of the script from former “Jericho” writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and is meeting with candidates for the directing job. Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra wrote the original graphic novel series.
I looked at the comments on the Vulture post, expecting to see lots of casting suggestions. Instead almost everyone was a lament that this was going to be a movie, not a TV series. I know the original plan was to make a trilogy of movies, but I don’t know if that’s still in play. As for casting, someone threw out the suggestions Andrew Garfield and Anton Yelchin. Either’s fine with me, and an upgrade over Shia.