The beloved comic book series Y: The Last Man is finally being adapted, but for the small screen, not the big screen. After more than a decade in development as a feature film adaptation, FX has issued a pilot order for a new TV series based on the comics, which were created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. New Line Cinema lost the rights when they failed to put a movie into production, with FX developing this as a TV series for more than two years.
The comic book ran for 60 issues between September 2002 and March 2008, which chronicled the story of Yorick Brown, believed to be the last human male on Earth. Yorick, and his pet monkey Ampersand, are believed to be the only two male mammals left on Earth, as society begins to plunge into chaos. Yorick's mother, a member of U.S. Congress, assigns Agent 365 to protect Yorick and Ampersand, as they go on a journey with geneticist and cloning expert Dr. Allison Mann, as they try to figure out why they survived, while evading other groups who want Yorick for their own purposes.
The movie adaptation first moved forward in 2007, when New Line Cinema attached D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) to direct from a script by Carl Ellsworth (Red Eye) with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) producing. Others such as Jeff Vintar and original comic book creator Brian K. Vaughan took a crack at the script, with Caruso contending that the source material is too big for one movie, suggesting a trilogy of movies be put into development. After that, the project languished in development for several years, until, in 2012, Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia were brought on to write the script, with David Goyer still producing alongside J.C. Spink and Chris Bender.
Then in January 2013, director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) was brought on to direct, with the script reportedly so close to being ready that producer David S. Goyer even said in an interview that it should film in 2014. That never happened, and later on in 2014, the rights ended up reverting back to Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. News of this Y: The Last Man TV series first surfaced in October 2015, with FX developing the series with Brian K. Vaughan and producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Michael Green was brought on in November 2016, and now the project finally has a pilot order.
Michael Green wrote the pilot script and he will serve as a co-showrunner alongside Aida Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage, Turn). They will both executive produce alongside Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson through their Color Force production company, and Brian K. Vaughan. Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None) will direct the pilot and also serve as executive producer. Deadline reports that the pilot was developed so slowly because Michael Green was busy on other projects such as Starz's American Gods, which he co-created with Bryan Fuller before both creators left the show after the first season, and writing features such as Logan and Blade Runner 2049.