FX / Vertigo Comics
The FX network has owned the rights to a series based on Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series Y: THE LAST MAN for nearly three years now, and a year after hiring Michael Green as showrunner, the cable network is finally moving forward with a pilot order.
As with many of Vaughan’s comics — he also created the long-running Saga, Ex Machina and others — Y: The Last Man has been a shockingly hard nut to crack after over a decade of filmmakers like David Goyer and D.J. Caruso trying to turn the series into a movie for New Line before the rights reverted back to Vaughan in 2014.
It makes logical sense that it would eventually go the way of Preacher and American Gods, which are both working out quite well as episodic series.
The high-concept premise for the comic, which was published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint starting in 2002, is all men have been erased from the earth by a deadly plague, leaving just one male survivor, escape artist Yorick Brown, who travels the earth with his monkey Ampersand. Some of the women he encounters are friendly, some a little too friendly, but others aren’t particularly happy to know there’s even one man left.
Created by Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, the series ran for 60 issues that have been collected in multiple volumes and formats.
Besides giving the pilot order, FX has also hired Aida Mashaka Croal of Jessica Jones as the co-showrunner along with Green, and Melina Matsoukas (Master of None) will direct the series pilot.
FX has simplified the series tagline to merely, “All of the men are dead. But one. Y traverses a world of women — exploring gender, race, class and survival.”
As co-showrunners, Green and Croal will exec. produce the series along with Matsoukas, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson from Color Force (FX’s American Crime Story) and Vaughan.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor