Author Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra’s critically acclaimed Vertigo series Y: The Last Man is heading to TV.
A report over at The Hollywood Reporter reveals that FX (American Horror Story, The Bastard Executioner, The Strain) will be teaming up with Vaughan and Color Force's Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson in order to adapt the dystopian sci-fi comics as an ongoing television show. They are currently on the hunt to find a writer to adapt the series alongside Vaughan.
A beloved and critically acclaimed comic book that was first launched in 2002, Y: The Last Man ran for 60 issues and was collected in multiple graphic novels. It centers around escape artist Yorick Brown, the last surviving human with a Y chromosome, and his pet capuchin monkey, Ampersand (also a male). Readers follow Yorick as he sets out to find out why a mysterious plague has wiped out the world’s male animals (including humans), and in the process save all of humanity.
The yellow brick road to adapting Y: The Last Man has been a rocky one, to say the least. New Line had originally acquired the rights for a movie adaptation back in 2007, with David S. Goyer, Carl Ellsworth and director D.J. Caruso attached. Caruso left the project after New Line wanted to take the franchise in another direction, turning what was a planned trilogy into a standalone two-hour film. In 2012, Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia, J.C. Spink, Chris Bender, Mason Novick and Jake Weiner (with David S. Goyer producing) were on board the project, but everything fell through again.
In September of 2014 plans for the movie were scrapped, and the rights have thankfully reverted back to Vaughan since then.
“We wanted to tell a complete story … but not the whole story,” Vaughan said at the time, noting that he had hoped that “in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure.”
If you're a fan of Y: The Last Man, then you're in good company. Geek god Joss Whedon, Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) as well as Chuck and Heroes Reborn alum Zachary Levi have showered nothing but love on the series, with Levi also showing a keen interest in tackling the role of Yorick.
If picked up to go to series, Y: The Last Man will mark Brian K. Vaughan’s return to TV in the wake of CBS’ Under the Dome (he departed the series following the first season) and Lost. He’s currently hard at work on Image Comic’s new hit series Saga. Blastr caught up with Vaughan during New York Comic-Con over the weekend, where the prolific author discussed a variety of subjects, ranging from Saga, to writing an upcoming special issue of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, to a print edition of his comic, The Private Eye.
Are you excited to see Y: The Last Man heading to TV at FX? Do you believe the small screen is the best home for a live-action adaptation of the critically acclaimed comics series?