Beloved cult comic book series, Y: The Last Man, lands at FX Networks.
Writer Brian K. Vaughn’s Y: The Last Man may have finally found its home at FX. The Eisner Award-winning series is about the only man (Yorick Brown) who survives the apparent simultaneous death of all other males on Earth. Brown is accompanied by his pet monkey as they try to survive a post-apocalyptic world now overrun with women. The series was published in sixty issues by Vertigo. It has been a considered an instant classic since its debut in 2002.
Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, American Gods) and Aida Mashaka Croal (Jessica Jones, Turn) will serve as co-showrunners on the adaptation. Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None, Beyonce: Formation) is on board to direct the highly anticipated drama. FX and Green have long been in development on the project, with FX first attempting to the adapt the acclaimed comic in 2015 and Green coming aboard a year later.
However, Y: The Last Man has spent a longer time in development hell than that. In July 2007 screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and director D. J. Caruso were attached to the project. Both Shia LaBeouf and Zachary Levi had expressed interest in portraying the lead character, Yorick Brown.
In March 2012, former Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia entered final negotiations to write New Line’s adaptation of the series. Those negotiations eventually fell through.
In January 2013, it was announced that Dan Trachtenberg would direct the film. Producer David Goyer announced having “a script that’s as close as it’s ever been.” He suggested the film could go into production in 2014. However, in January 2014, Brian K. Vaughan stated:
“It’s my understanding that the rights to Y: The Last Man will revert 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.”
On September 24th, Trachtenberg confirmed via Twitter the film was “Not happening. But it’s in trusted hands (the creators).”In a subsequent interview, he noted that in fact, “The rights reverted back to Brian quite a few months ago.”
FX’s Y marks Vaughan’s latest foray into television after Hulu’s adaptation of his Marvel series, Runaways.
No release date has been set.