FX Networks certainly has their eye on comic book properties these days. We all know FX currently has “Legion” on the air, and the last few weeks have seen their potential animated “Deadpool” show go away, but they’re not resting on their laurels. Today, the networked announced that they’ve ordered a pilot for a new show, one with comic book roots. It’s an adaptation of the comic book series “Y: The Last Man,” which Brian K. Vaughan created. Michael Green and Aida Mashaka Croal will be the co-showrunners, while Melina Matsoukas will direct the pilot and co-produce the series with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Vaughan himself.
Once upon a time, “Y: The Last Man” was set to be a film, with D.J. Caruso initially wanting it to be his next collaboration with Shia LaBeouf. Obviously, that never came to pass. Now, it’s simply being called “Y” and will be a part of peak TV for FX. Considering the potentially epic scale of this science fiction story, television may just be the perfect place for it. Plus, a man alone in a world of women has some really interesting concepts that can be explored here in 2018. We’ll see how it goes, but this is a potentially strong new show to watch out for.
Here is the press release:
LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2018 – FX Networks has ordered a pilot for Y based on the acclaimed post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series Y: The Last Man, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. Melina Matsoukas will direct the pilot, which will be produced by FX Productions.
Michael Green (American Gods, Blade Runner 2049, Logan) and Aida Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage, Turn) will serve as Co-Showrunners and will Executive Produce along with Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None, Beyonce: Formation), Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force (American Crime Story, Pose, The Hunger Games) and Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Marvel’s Runaways, Saga), who have been working together to develop the series.
All of the men are dead. But one. Based on the DC comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y traverses a world of women — exploring gender, race, class and survival.
Y: The Last Man is a 60-issue science fiction comic book series published beginning in 2002. It received three Eisner Awards, and received the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story for Y: The Last Man, Volume 10.
For now, this is just a pilot being ordered by FX. If it goes to series, we’ll definitely cover it more. In the meantime, it’s yet another comic book property that’s getting adapted, for better or worse. Stay tuned for more on “Y” when we have it.