With a live-action adaptation of the famed Y: The Last Man have been in some form of development for an age now, longtime fans of the property will be pleased to hear that FX Networks has ordered a pilot for the long-gestating TV adaptation of the series.
Direct from FX themselves, Presidents of Original Programming Nick Grad and Eric Schrier confirmed the news, adding that Melina Matsoukas will be directing the pilot episode.
As reported back in 2016, American Gods’s Michael Green and Marvel’s Luke Cage’s Aida Mashaka Croal will be serving as showrunners on the small screen effort, with the pair executive producing alongside Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, and Y: The Last Man creator Brian K. Vaughan.
To be titled simply Y, the early blurb on the show reads:
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.
For those not familiar with Y: The Last Man, the 60-issue comic book series ran from 2002 to 2008 and focussed on Yorick Brown, the titular “last man”. When the world suffers a tragic event that kills off every creature with a Y chromosome, Yorick only has his monkey, Ampersand, for company until he finds himself teaming up with a government operative to make sense of what’s happened and why he’s somehow managed to stay alive.
Previously, several attempts have been made to get an adaptation of the property off the ground, most notably with ultimately-doomed live-action movies in 2007 and 2013. Now though, it seems as if we’re finally going to see this fan favourite comic series brought to life, albeit in the medium of TV – which, if we’re being honest, is likely the best format to tell such an engaging story.