FX has ordered a series of Y, based on the highly-regarded Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra graphic novel series Y: The Last Man. The adaptation has been shopped around and in development for some time, and this finally lands it a permanent home.
The series will follow the travels of Yorick, the lone male survivor of a mysterious event that has spontaneously killed every other male animal on the planet. Women are left to keep society going, exploring themes of gender, race, and class.
Last year FX announced its planned cast for the series, which includes Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, and Diane Lane, as the lead characters Yorick, his sister Hero, and their mother Senator Jennifer Brown, respectively. Joining them will be Lashana Lynch as Agent 355, Juliana Canfield as Beth, and Marin Ireland as Nora. Executive producer Melina Matsoukas directs the pilot episode.
The adaptation has been long in development, having gone through attempted film adaptations from Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) and D.J. Caruso (XXX: Return of Xander Cage). The script was delayed in part because showrunner Michael Green says he struggled to make an impactful show about gender dynamics in light of the 2016 election.
“Y: The Last Man is a towering achievement among graphic novel storytelling and it’s been rewarding to work with this outstanding team,” FX president of original programming Nick Grad said in an announcement. “Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal have partnered with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson to deliver a stunning new expression of this fascinating and timely story. Melina Matsoukas, who directed the pilot, did an incredible job bringing it to life with Diane Lane and this stellar cast.”