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FX Picks Their Man For the Y: The Last Man TV Series Adaptation

Y: the Last Man cover art by J.G. Jones - FX Picks Showrunner for Y: The Last Man tv series adaptation

The Y: The Last Man TV series is still in development, and no release date has been set yet.

THR is reporting that FX has found their showrunner for their upcoming Y: The Last Man TV series, based off the acclaimed comic series from writer Brian K. Vaughn and artist Pia Guerra. And that would be Michael Green, who’s currently co-showrunning the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods with Bryan Fuller.

So, What’s Y: The Last Man About?

For those unfamiliar with the series, here’s a brief description of the plot.

On July 17, 2002, every mammal living with a Y chromosome died instantly. In a sort of backward rendition of Children of Men, every man and male animal on Earth perished, leaving what’s left of humanity to try and scramble itself back together. The infrastructure of the United States of America was rapidly collapsing and everyone believed that the end of days had come. That is, until 2 surviving Y chromosomes were discovered, in the form of Yorick Brown, a young escape artist, and his pet Capuchin monkey, Ampersand.

As the last man alive, Yorick is assigned a bodyguard by his mother, a member of what used to be the US Congress, and together, Yorick, Ampersand, and Agent 355 set out to meet a geneticist named (ironically) Dr. Mann. Dr. Allison Mann wants to examine Yorick and Ampersand’s genetic code in hopes that something within could provide a solution to the incipient global collapse of humanity.

The series, which ran for 60 issues from 2002-2008, won three Eisner Awards.

Wasn’t There Going to Be a Y: The Last Man Movie?

Yes.  New Line acquired the rights for a movie, and in July 2007, after having Jeff Vintar and Vaughn himself produced drafts of a script, the movie company brought screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, director DJ Caruso, and producer David Goyer onboard. Caruso, who felt there was way too much material for a single movie, wanted to move ahead on a first movie that would cover roughly the first 14 issues of the comic, and hopefully finish it with two additional movies. But New Line wanted a single stand-alone movie, so Caruso moved evetually moved on.

Then, in March 2012, new writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia came onboard, and in September 2012, it was reported New Line was happy with their script, and would soon be looking for a director. January 2013 saw the announcement of Dan Trachtenberg as the director, and in June 2013, Goyer said the script was as close as it’d ever been. But then, things stalled, and in 2014, the rights reverted back to Vaughn and Guerra.

OK, Back to the Y TV Show

So then, last year, THR reported FX was working on a series adaptation of Y, and that Vaughn would be taking part in producing, and writing for the show. And earlier this year, in July, Vaughn told Vulture that it was slowly coming together, but there wasn’t any additional news yet. Which brings us back to now.

The project is still early in development at this point, so besides the network (FX) and showrunner (Green), no other details have been revealed. But, with Green coming onboard, hopefully, we’ll be hearing more soon.

So, are you excited for the Y: The Last Man TV series? Would you have rather seen movies? Let us know!

Featured Image: Y Cover Art by J.G. Jones / Vertigo Comics

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