When all hope seemed lost, an adaptation of Y: The Last Man ended up at FX in the form a TV series. Proving that this approach is the project’s best shot at seeing the light of day, Michael Green has been tapped to be the series’ showrunner.
THR was the first to announce the new of Green, who’s currently showrunning another TV adaptation that had a tortuous development process: Starz’s American Gods with Bryan Fuller. Green will co-write the script for the series, eyed as an on-going drama, with comic creator Brian K. Vaughan, who previously worked on TV series like LOST and Under the Dome.
Y: The Last Man still ranks among some of the most beloved comic series, telling the story of Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth in the aftermath of a plague that killed off every mammal with a Y chromosome. Yorick then goes on a journey with his pet monkey named Ampersand, a mysterious government operative named 355, and scientist Dr. Allison Mann to find his lost love and the answer to why he’s the final guy.
This’ll make for a funny complement to Fox’s The Last Man on Earth with Will Forte in a similar situation.
Talk of an adaptation of Y: The Last Man goes back years. Shia LaBeouf took himself out of the running to portray Yorick in a movie in 2009, New Line was making moves in 2012 with director Dan Trachtenberg, and the project was dead by 2014 when the rights reverted back to Vaughan and co-creator Pia Guerra.
Much like his partner on American Gods, Green juggled a slew of different projects: he worked on the screenplays for Logan, Hugh Jackman’s last cinematic outing as the X-Man Wolverine); the Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant; Blade Runner 2049; and Murder on the Orient Express.