Brian K. Vaughan has successfully established himself as a top television writer and producer, first on Lost and then as showrunner for Under the Dome. Comic book fans know him as the writer of some acclaimed runs for DC and Marvel, but his celebrated original titles stand out: Saga, Pride of Baghdad, Runaways, Ex Machina and Y: The Last Man.
For years, Y: The Last Man was in development as a movie, with directors like D.J. Caruso and Dan Trachtenberg coming and going. Since a movie never got off the ground, the rights reverted back to Vaughan and artist Pia Guerro in 2014. In October of 2015, a television adaptation of the comic book series was reportedly in the works at FX, but news on the project has been quiet ever since.
We now have a brief update on the project, courtesy of CBM. At the recent TCA press tour, FX CEO John Landgraf said that Vaughan himself has creative control of the series adaptation. According to Landgraf:
"We’ve had a number of producers and writers who really want to participate in that. Ultimately, it’s Brian’s call who he wants to work with and I think that’ll come out soon."
Landgraf's statement suggests that we will have an official update on the show's development progress shortly, which will apparently include a final selection from Vaughan on who will be on board to produce and write the episodes. Fans of the comic book series who might have been dreading a compressed movie adaptation will be heartened to hear that Vaughan appears to have the final word on the creative direction of the show.
Y: The Last Man follows the adventures of amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his capuchin monkey Ampersand, the only male survivors of a mysterious disaster that causes the simultaneous death of every mammal with a Y chromosome. Even the mooted film version's last director Dan Trachtenberg supported a more serialized format for an adaptation of the comic's sprawling storyline, so few at this point would argue against the FX series.
As comic book IPs dominate the multiplex, small screen adaptations have been flourishing as well, from the networks (Arrow, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) to basic cable platforms (The Walking Dead) to streaming outlets (Netflix's Daredevil and Jessica Jones). There are even more on the way, with FX's X-Men-based Legion and AMC's Preacher and Outcast (the latter also from The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman). It's a crowded field, but Y: The Last Man could prove to be a unique entry, with its high-concept premise and Vaughan's established and acclaimed creative voice to steer the show.
Y: The Last Man is currently in development at FX.