After several high-profile casting announcements, FX officially announces that it has ordered Y, the live-action adaptation of Y: the Last Man to series. The post-apocalyptic drama is based on the acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel from writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, which has been a contender for a television series or feature film since before the original comic series reached its conclusion in 2008. Since then, several potential projects have sprung up, one with Shia LeBeouf rumored to be in the lead role of Yorick Brown, the last remaining male on the planet in the wake of a deadly virus, though that version failed to come to fruition.
And that’s good news for FX, as the cabler now has the chance to once again dip its toe in the waters of comic book adaptations, after two seasons of X-Men adjacent surreal shenanigans with Legion. But whereas the mind-bending mutant series from Noah Hawley gives the network one of its most visually impressive shows to date, Y may afford FX a chance for the kind of critical acclaim for which it is primarily known, as the series will not just be associated with other ceaselessly popular comic book adaptations, but it will also aim to be socially relevant as well.
Add to that the fact that the series will be co-showrun by Blade Runner 2049 writer and former American Gods co-showrunners Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage), and that it features an impressive cast of film and TV stars, and it looks as though FX might have a buzz-worthy entry for its 2020 lineup.
“All of the men are dead. But one. Based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male save for one lone human. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival. Diane Lane stars in Y, leading an ensemble cast featuring Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield with Marin Ireland and Amber Tamblyn.”
The series boasts an impressive cast that will be headed up by Diane Lane as Yorick's mother, while the role of Yorick himself will go to Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer standout Barry Keoghan. With that kind of lineup, as well as the supporting players and the creative energies of Green and Croal, make this comic adaptation one to keep an eye out for.
Y will premiere on FX in 2020.