Brian K. Vaughan has given us some of the most interesting comics of this century. Saga is an example of this. It is the comic that has managed to perfectly mix fantasy with science fiction to tell a story that is amazing in several different ways. On the other hand, one of his most famous comics is a purely science fiction story. Y: The Last Man. It tells that all mammals with a Y chromosome die at the same time, except for the protagonist and his monkey.
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It is one of the best comics of the genre. For the same reason, for years he was struggling to make an adaptation. There was a time when it seemed like we were going to have a movie based on that story, but eventually everything fell apart. When that happened the rights returned to its creator and then went to FX who made several attempts to produce a series. The reality is that for a while this too had all the face that it was going to fail. Then Eliza Clark came along and saved that ship and shaped it. Now the series is a reality.
It is impossible not to wonder what a film adaptation would have looked like. For Brian K. Vaughan that would have been doomed. This is what he just said in an interview for The Hollywood Reporter. In the conversation they asked him why he thinks it would not work as a movie. In his opinion, the concept would have ended up being cartoonish for the public without the space to develop it properly. Here his words:
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It was really challenging. I think we all knew it. There was a lot of push for it to be a movie… a high-budget Hollywood spectacular, but you just saw that the more they pruned it into a 90-120 minute thing, it just lost it all. And then you would get stuck with this high concept and just run the risk that it would turn into something cartoonish or ridiculous the less time you spent with it. All of us thought as it came to television ‘oh, this is where it belongs’. IF you are going to do an adaptation of this, it can only be on television.
On the other hand, recently the showrunner, Eliza clark, had a conversation with Comic Book. In it, a theme came out that will always come out in these cases. How many seasons do you want the series to have? In addition, he also mentioned what he likes about the graphic novel in the first place and therefore how he approached adapting it. Here are his words:
I think what is so cool about the book is that [lo importante] It is not the mystery of what happened. It’s how people created a belief system around what happened. So I’m very interested in explanations of what happened, but I’m not at all interested in what the answer is, because in the end, the answer is science fiction. I think the show and the book are about what happens to people when something like this happens and what they believe and how that belief informs the way they create a community. The way they think about themselves, the way they think about the world and the way they behave. And I think the same is true for the series. But in terms of how long it’s going to be, I mean, listen, it’s the time I’ve had the most fun. I love this world, I don’t want it to end. I feel that, generally speaking, television series are better when they have five or six seasons, I’m going to leave it there.
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