It was only a matter of time before one of Brian K. Vaughan’s creator-owned comics finally came to the screen, and for years, the most obvious candidate has always been Y: The Last Man – the multiple Eisner award winning series which he wrote for 60 issues under DC’s Vertigo imprint with art by co-creator Pia Guerra. And now it’s finally happening as FX has ordered a pilot based off the beloved series.
If any comic ever had a sure-fire “made for tv” pitch from before the current swath of comics that are built around those, it was the tale of Yorick and Ampersand, the last man and male monkey left standing after a deadly affliction sends everyone with a Y chromosome to their deaths. What’s left is a world where only women are left standing, and this pair are sent off on a fascinating and stirring roadtrip to determine the truth behind just what happened.
It’s 60 issues long, and like all BKV written works, extremely readable – if you’ve never taken the leap, I highly recommend it.
Admittedly, this isn’t the first time said comic has been optioned for a live action treatment. About a decade ago, New Line began developing it for a feature film, with DJ Caruso (Disturbia) set to direct, and it probably would have starred Shia LeBouf, or so went rumors anyway. Not long afterward Caruso fell off the project, and 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s Dan Trachtenberg came aboard to helm it. This also didn’t come to fruition, and finally the rights reverted back to Vaughn who is now working as an executive producer on this FX adaptation. Michael Green (American Gods) and Aida Mashaka (Luke Cage) will serve as co-showrunners.
FX is, for my money, producing the best television on the air right now, between series like Atlanta, Legion, and The Americans, so I feel in terms of network, this property is in incredible hands. More to come!
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