Y: The Last Man will finally get an opportunity on television with a pilot order from FX…
After years in development hell, Brian K. Vaughan’s epic apocalyptic comic Y: The Last Man is finally getting a pilot on FX.
The popular comic book series that ran for 60 issues between 2002 and 2008 has been a popular property for both television and film studios but a project has never gotten off the ground previously.
At one point there was a rumored movie starring Shia LeBeouf but that never got off the ground. The comic was then shifted into television production with FX all the way back in 2015 but the series languished until a pilot order was finally given last week.
The new series currently just titled Y will be have Melina Matsoukas (Beyoncé’s “Formation” video) to direct the pilot with Michael Green (American Gods) and Aida Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage) serving as showrunners.
Here’s the official description for Y from FX:
“All of the men are dead. But one. Based on the DC comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y traverses a world of women — exploring gender, race, class and survival.”
In the original comic book, a plague of unknown origin wipes out every mammal with a Y chromosome with the exception of an amateur escape artist named Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand. Yorick goes on a mission not only to discover why he survived but to also search for his girlfriend, who was halfway around the world when the extinction level event happened and left the world in disarray. Yorick eventually teams up with a mysterious woman named Agent 355, who is commissioned to protect him by his mother who also happens to be a U.S. Senator. Yorick then travels the globe looking for answers on why he survived while also attempting to stave off humanity from extinction.
There’s no word yet on how closely the series would follow the source material but considering that Y: The Last Man was a critically acclaimed hit and a beloved comic book, it might be tough for FX to change too much without riling up the fan base.
For now, a pilot for the Y: The Last Man adaptation will be put together and filmed and if all goes well then FX could pick it up for a series.