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Y’s Release Date
FX hasn’t revealed a specific release date for Y yet, only confirming a 2020 release window. The recent exit of showrunners Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal (more on that shortly) raised fears the series might be further delayed, but so far FX is sticking to a 2020 debut.
Y was given a series order in February 2019. Filming for the pilot episode began in November 2018, and the rest of Season 1 will likely be filmed in mid-late 2019.
Y: The Last Man’s New Title
So… the Y: The Last Man TV series won’t actually be called “Y: The Last Man.” Instead, the series is simply known as “Y.”
According to FX CEO John Landgraf, this change has certain marketing advantages. “‘Y’ seems like a provocative shape. We can do a lot with it graphically. It’s a little mysterious,” he said.
The name change could also reflect the idea that the TV version is less geared towards the comic’s male protagonist, Yorick, and more towards the many women determining the fate of humanity in the post-apocalypse. Recent announcements have tended to emphasize Diane Lane’s Senator Brown as the show’s main character, so this could be related.
FX’s Y: The Last Man’s Trailers
No trailers for Y have been released yet.
Y’s Cast & Crew
Y was developed by comics writer/creator Brian K. Vaughan, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, with all three serving as executive producers. The series is also executive-produced by Melina Matsoukas, Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal. Green and Croal were tapped as showrunners for the series, with Green writing the pilot script and Matsoukas directing.
Unfortunately, Green and Croal abruptly left the project in April 2019. The two released a joint statement that opened, “Sad news for fans of Y: The Last Man today. FX has decided not to move forward with our series in its current form.” That led many fans to assume the series has been outright canceled. However, it later became apparent that Green and Croal had parted ways with FX over creative differences and that the series itself is still in development. Eliza Clark has now been hired as Y’s showrunner.
The current cast includes Diane Lane as Senator Jennifer Brown, Barry Keoghan as Yorick Brown, Imogen Poots as Hero Brown, Lashana Lynch as Agent 355, Juliana Canfield as Beth, Marin Ireland as Nora, Amber Tamblyn as Mariette Callows and Timothy Hutton as the U.S. President.
Y is based on the comic book series Y: The Last Man, which was created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. The series revolves around Yorick Brown, a slacker and amateur illusionist who, along with his pet monkey Ampersand, become the world’s last surviving mammals with an X chromosome after a mysterious and deadly plague instantly sweeps the globe. Yorick sets out to track down his girlfriend Beth, though he quickly realizes that as the sole surviving genetic male on Earth, his very existence makes him a person of interest to numerous survivors across the world.
The series also focuses on Yorick’s mother, Senator-turned-President Jennifer Brown, his sister Hero, his reluctant bodyguard Agent 355 and Dr. Allison Mann, a scientist who may hold the key to uncovering the source of the deadly plague.
Y: The Last Man’s Development
The Y: The Last Man adaptation has gone through many changes over the years, shifting from film to TV series and back again (and again). Here’s a quick breakdown of the many changes in the project’s development over the past 15 years.
December 2004 – David Goyer reveals he’s producing an adaptation of Y: The Last Man.
July 2007 – Writer Carl Ellsworth and director D.J. Caruso are attached to a Y: The Last Man Movie at New Line.
March 2008 – Progress stalls as writer/creator Brian K. Vaughan’s rewrite fails to gain traction at New Line.
June 2009 – Actor Shia LaBeouf gives conflicting answers as to whether he’d be willing to star in the film.
November 2010 – Caruso reveals that his desire for a trilogy rather than a standalone film is a major reason for the movie’s lack of progress. Director Louis Leterrier voices his interest in helming a TV adaptation.
March 2012 – Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are hired to pen a new draft of the screenplay.
September 2012 – New Line begins meeting with new directors.
January 2013 – Dan Trachtenberg is hired to direct the film.
June 2013 – Goyer indicates that production may commence in 2014.
September 2014 – Trachtenberg reveals the project is dead and that the film rights have reverted to Vaughan and creator/artist Pia Guerra.
October 2015 – The news hits that FX is developing a TV adaptation.
November 2016 – Michael Green is announced as showrunner.
January 2017 – Y: The Last Man is confirmed to be an ongoing series rather than a limited series.
April 2018 – FX formally orders a pilot and announces Croal will serve as co-showrunner with Green.
July 2018 – The series’ new name and cast are revealed.
November 2018 – Production begins on the Y pilot.
February 2019 – Y is given a full series order.
April 2019 – Green and Croal depart the series as showrunners.
June 2019 – FX hires Eliza Clark as the new showrunner.
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