“It offers us a cracked mirror to look at our own very cracked world.”
FX has announced that it has ordered Y, a TV adaptation of the post-apocalyptic science fiction comic Y: The Last Man, to series.
Announced by presidents of original programing at FX, Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, the series follows Y, the last man alive, as he “traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male save for one lone human.” The DC Comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra focuses on a new world order of women and explores gender, race, class and survival.
The series stars Diane Lane, Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland and Amiber Tamblyn. Michael Green (American Gods, Blade Runner 2049) and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage, Turn) will both serve as showrunners and executive producers. Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brian K. Vaughan developed the series and will also act as executive producers. Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None) directed the pilot episode and also executive produce.
“Y: The Last Man is a towering achievement among graphic novel storytelling and it’s been rewarding to work with this outstanding team,” said Grad. “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.”
“Brian and Pia’s exploration of a world without men is a favorite for its depth, its humor, its insights and its monkey,” said Croal and Green. “Adapted today it offers us a cracked mirror to look at our own very cracked world. We thank them for their trust — we thank FX for their support — and we thank the casting gods for letting us work with this incredible group of actors.”
FX announced it had ordered a pilot episode back in 2018. Since then, we’ve found out why it ditched “The Last Man” title, and that Barry Keoghan will be playing the formerly-titular last man, Yorick Brown. Keoghan is best known for his role in Dunkirk as George Mills, the civilian sailor’s son.
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