The TV adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man is moving closer to production, with a pilot draft now written. Vaughan is an American comic book and television writer best known for his series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Saga, Ex Machina, Pride of Baghdad and Paper Girls.
An adaptation of his series Marvel’s Runaways is already coming to Hulu in 2018, and his other popular comic book series Y: The Last Man has caught the eye of the FX network, with producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson working alongside Vaughan and showrunner Michael Green to bring the series to the small screen.
In a recent interview with CBR, Vaughan talked about all things comics related. Along with word on his New York Times-bestselling series Saga and his involvement with Runaways, he gave an update about the Y: The Last Man.
“I recently read a phenomenal draft of the Y: The Last Man pilot by Michael Green for FX. Should have some very cool news about another adaptation soon.”
Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series created by Vaughan and Pia Guerra which ran from 2002 to 2008. It tells the story of an amateur escape artist named Yorick Brown and his Capuchin monkey Ampersand who are the the only two survivors of a mass extinction of all living mammals with a Y chromosome. The series was nominated for the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story and has won three three Eisner Awards including one for Best Continuing Series.
Despite (or perhaps because of) that success, the series has had a turbulent journey to the screen, with a slew of cancelled attempts The film rights first went to New Line Cinema with screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, director D. J. Caruso and David S. Goyer as a producer. The project was later canceled due to the massive scope of Vaughan’s story and New Line’s inability to embrace the material. The torch was later passed to writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia in 2012 with Dan Trachtenberg announced in 2013 as the director, but a year later this project was proclaimed dead was well. Let’s hope that TV will hold a brighter future for the property.
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