Director of Portal fan-film gets shot at long-awaited Y: the Last Man

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Jul 4, 2015, 1:21 PM EDT

One of Vertigo's all-time best comics, Y: The Last Man, is ripe for adaptation. Brian K. Vaughn's story of gendercide weaves a complex mystery full of relatable characters and exciting twists. But one of the most compelling twists is who has been chosen to direct the film.

If you venture into a comic store and ask any clerk, "What should I buy for someone who has never read comics before?", they will recommend certain titles to you without thinking—Walking Dead, Fables, Sandman and Y: The Last Man. So you'd expect one of the quintessential darlings of the comic book world to have a well-experienced, big-name director at the helm.

Surprise! Vaughn's opus bucks the trend by landing a relative unknown to the project. In fact, Dan Trachtenberg's biggest claim to fame is a 7-minute short fan-film based on the videogame Portal.

This news is equal parts fascinating and nerve-racking. On the one hand, Y is such a great property that there's a lot of built-in fear that a director who is a little green might mess it up. On the other hand, it's incredibly refreshing to see someone new get the chance to put a truly fresh spin on a well-known and established property.

Check out Trachtenberg's Portal short and give us your gut impression—can he pull it off?

(via Kotaku)