FX made its presentation at the annual TCA meeting, and after decades of fits and starts at looong last, Brian K. Vaughan and Pie Guerra’s Y: The Last Man has been ordered to series. Starring Diane Lane, Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland and Amber Tamblyn, the show will debut in 2020. Show runners will be Michael Green (American Gods, Blade Runner 2049) and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage, Turn). Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and co-creator Vaughan also exec produced and worked on developing the show. will direct the pilot. The above is the first image released from the show.
The show will lose a few words from it’s title howeer; being shortened to Y.
Based on the much loved Vertigo series, Y: The Last Man concerns a world where all the men have died except one man, Yorick Brown (Keoghan), and his monkey.
“Y: The Last Man is a towering achievement among graphic novel storytelling and it’s been rewarding to work with this outstanding team,” said [FX Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions Nick] Grad. “Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal have partnered with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson to deliver a stunning new expression of this fascinating and timely story. Melina Matsoukas, who directed the pilot, did an incredible job bringing it to life with Diane Lane and this stellar cast.”
“Brian and Pia’s exploration of a world without men is a favorite for its depth, its humor, its insights and its monkey,” said Croal and Green. “Adapted today it offers us a cracked mirror to look at our own very cracked world. We thank them for their trust — we thank FX for their support — and we thank the casting gods for letting us work with this incredible group of actors.”
Jacobson and Simpson added, “Y is our favorite comic book series ever and we are thrilled to FINALLY bring it to the screen. We are grateful that Brian entrusted it to us and FX, and can’t wait for the world to see Michael and Aïda’s adaptation.”
Y: The Last Man has had a long development road, with movies, and TV shows announced just about everywhere over the last 10 years or so. But finally, it is happening.
But as one arrives, one leaves. FX also announced that the upcoming Season 3 of Legion would be its last.
Creator Noah Hawley had always envisioned Legion as a three-season arc, FX CEO John Landgraf said, and he’s planning to stick to that plan.
Legion, based on an offshoot of the X-Men franchise that debuted as a comic in 1985, centers on David Haller (Dan Stevens), whose history of psychiatric issues lead to his discovery that he has mutant powers.
Legion started out with a bang with possibly the greatest two hours of “superhero” TV ever, but then got really weird and its audience dwindled. Long term prospects were really never that great and Hawley (Fargo) having a vision for a three part story sounds best for all concerned. And Fargo Season 4 goes into production this winter!
Still, in the current landscape, its pretty rare for a comic book based TV show to be cancelled, even if a three-year run is considered a good one. Off hand all we can think of is Inhumans, the Netflix Marvel shows and Gotham (which had a five-year run). The CW recently renewed their entire slate of Arrowverse shows.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.