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FX 'optimistic' about moving forward with Y: The Last Man TV adaptation

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Jan 17, 2018, 9:55 AM EST

The dudepocalypse is nigh. With ex-American Gods showrunner (and Blade Runner 2049 scribe) Michael Green now on the market, FX’s long-gestating Y: The Last Man adaptation is rolling full steam ahead.

The comic book series involves Yorick Brown and his monkey Ampersand finding themselves as the last two creatures alive with a Y chromosome. Since the comic became a hit, both TV networks and film studios have been clamoring for an adaptation. FX ended up as the most serious bidder and got development rolling back in 2015.

Just a year later, Green was hired both to pen the script with comic creator Brian K. Vaughn and to showrun the series if it moves forward. The time couldn't be better for a show built around a plot device that seems all too on-the-nose in a world where men re-edit Star Wars to take out all the women. Regardless, FX is ready for it now that Green is freed up.

Speaking at TCA 2018, FX CEO John Landgraf spoke of feeling "optimistic” about the show with TV Guide. “We got a script I really like, a draft we really like recently. Michael is available, because he's not involved in American Gods," Landgraf said, emphasizing the writing’s importance to the series while still keeping the series’ development relatively close to the FX vest.

That said, the Eisner award winner is the perfect complement to something like The Walking Dead or other “prestige popcorn” thanks to its setting and social nuance, so here’s hoping development goes smoothly.