The long-gestating Y: The Last Man television series may have just received a boost, thanks in part to a shake-up on Starz’s American Gods.
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FX announced plans to adapt the acclaimed Vertigo comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra in late 2015, and a year later tapped Michael Green (Logan) as showrunner. However, Green was also committed to overseeing American Gods alongside Bryan Fuller. The key word there is was, as the duo left the fantasy drama in November amid disputes with Starz about the creative direction and budget for Season 2.
Naturally, that didn’t escape the notice of FX CEO John Landgraf, who appears to see an opportunity for Y: The Last Man to move forward.
“[We feel] pretty optimistic, not quite at a final decision point,” he told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “But we got a script I really like, a draft we really like recently. Michael is available, because he’s not involved in American Gods [anymore].”
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Debuting in 2002, the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man follows Yorick Brown, an amateur escape artist who, with his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand, is the last survivor of a mysterious plague that killed every other male mammal on Earth. The two set off on a globe-spanning journey to reunite with Yorick’s girlfriend, discover what wiped out the world’s Y chromosomes and find out why they survived.
New Line Cinema acquired the film rights in 2007, with D.J. Caruso “loosely attached” until he exited the project following a disagreement about format; he envisioned a trilogy, while the studio wanted a single film. The adaptation was revived by New Line in 2012, when it was considered a priority for the studio, but the film rights reverted to Vaughan and Guerra in 2014.