The adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s fabulous comic book series Y the Last Man has been in and out of development hell since the early 2000s. At last, there is some actual progress: Michael Green, the showrunner for American Gods, has written a script for an FX pilot.
For those who haven’t had time to read all 60 issues, Y the Last Man is a story of the last man—and the last monkey. After a cloning/chemistry experiment gone horribly wrong, Yorick Brown and his monkey Ampersand are the last two creatures alive with a Y chromosome. It’s about love and the apocalypse and finding what matters to us. And I love it a lot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Green would have finished the script sooner, had the 2016 presidential election not turned out the way it had:
“It would have been a very different show, and very different development process, had the election not been as horrifying as it was,” Green said. “I had to put the script down for a couple months and really reassess it tonally, because it became a different creature, it became violent protest. It couldn't not be political, and I had to embrace it, and I had to find my way in, and I had to find a way to channel my own dismay, disappointment, and rage into it, while still keeping it what it is. For a minute there I almost walked away.”
Green promises both a fixed number of episodes (although he’s not sure what that number is) as well as a number of women in the writer’s room and on the crew.
And I promise I’ll watch it.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)