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Television Series Adaptation of Acclaimed Comic Book “Y: The Last Man” in the Works at FX

Creator Brian K. Vaughan Attached to Write and Produce

Oct 14, 2015 Brian K. Vaughan Bookmark and Share

Y: The Last Man is one of the most acclaimed and beloved comic book series of the 21st century. The Vertigo Comics title launched in 2002 and ran for 60 issues. Now The Hollywood Reporter reports that a TV series adaptation is in the works over at the cable network FX. Writer Brian K. Vaughan, who co-created the comic book with artist Pia Guerra, is attached to produce and co-write the series.

Y: The Last Man centers on Yorick Brown, an escape artist who is the last man on Earth, meaning that every creature with a Y chromosome has been wiped out by a mysterious virus, leaving him the last male on Earth. He travels America with his pet Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, in an attempt to work out what caused the virus. The post-apocalyptic tale had long been in development with New Line as a movie, with various directors and writers coming and going. Trying to condense the epic 60 issue tale into a two hour movie (or even a trilogy of two hour movies, which was also at one time discussed) seemed like a terrible idea. It makes much more sense as a TV series. So last year when the rights reverted back to Vaughan he cancelled the movie idea and focused on a TV series adaptation.

Vaughn has experience on television. He was a producer on Lost (one character on that show was once seen reading a Y: The Last Man graphic novel) and more recently a producer on the first season of CBS’ Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome. He is currently writing the acclaimed Image Comics series Saga.

FX, the current home to critically acclaimed hits such as The Americans and Fargo, seems like a good enough network as any to do this. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are developing the show with Vaughn, emphasis on developing, as The Hollywood Reporter points out that it’s early days in the process. So, in other words, this could fall apart just like the various movie attempts did. But let’s hope it doesn’t. After all The Last Man on Earth and The Walking Dead are hits and this has elements of both of those shows.


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