A TV series based on Y: The Last Man is officially a go.
The comic book series, which was first published in 2002 as part of DC Comics’ Vertigo label, is one of the most well-known and highly regarded graphic novels. Set in a world where men have been wiped out by a mysterious plague, it follows Yorick, the last surviving human with a Y chromosone, who’s accompanied by his monkey, Ampersand.
The comic book has been long in the works at New Line for a film, with David Goyer attached, but the project never took off. Its creator, Brian K. Vaughan, eventually got back the rights a few years ago, which then saw FX step up to develop it as a TV show instead. Now, FX has officially ordered the project to a series, with Michael Green (American Gods, Logan, Blade Runner 2049) on board as showrunner.
Barry Keoghan and Diane Lane are set to star in the series, with additional cast members including Amber Tamblyn, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield and Marin Ireland.
Behind the camera, meanwhile, Green will be joined by Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage) as showrunner and EP, and Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson as EPs. Melina Matsoukas, the final EP on the project, directed the pilot that led to FX’s full series commission.
“Brian and Pia’s exploration of a world without men is a favorite for its depth, its humor, its insights and its monkey,” Croal and Green said in a statement. “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.”
“When [Green] first pitched his take on it to Nina Jacobson and me a long time ago, he came in saying he wanted to do something about toxic masculinity. It felt very relevant, and unfortunately, I think it’s only become more relevant with each passing day,” Vaughantold THR in 2017. “His take on it was really brave and very different, but exciting as well. I really admire how audacious he’s been with his translation.”
The series pickup marks Vaughan’s continuing work in TV, after Hulu has adapted Marvel’s Runaways and CBS adapted Under the Dome.
Y: The Last Man is expected to premiere in 2020 on FX in the USA. FX has a first-run deal with the BBC in the UK, so you can expect to see the show on BBC One or BBC Two.