Y The Last Man TV Show

An adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra‘s sixty-issue comic book series Y: The Last Man has been in the works for years –  first as a movie and then, thankfully, as a TV show, which is a much better fit for the sprawling tale.

But the show has been in the works at FX for a long time now, so what’s up with the delay? According to writer/showrunner Michael Green, you can blame the 2016 presidential election for the long wait.
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A television adaptation of Y: The Last Man is still on its way.

The small screen take on Brian K. Vaughan‘s three-time Eisner Award-winning graphic novel has long been in development at FX, but progress on the show has moved slowly since the show was first picked up by the cable network in 2015. But Vaughan confirmed that the show has moved on from mere talk and development to an actual draft for a TV pilot.

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If you asked me to assemble a list of my favorite comic series of all time, books that I would recommend to anyone, even people who weren’t comic book fans, writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra‘s Y: The Last Man would probably land somewhere near the top of the list. It’s a stirring adventure story, a brutally honest coming-of-age tale, and one of the most politically charged and thoughtful post-apocalyptic narratives ever told. And don’t get me started on that perfect final issue. Seriously. I’ll start blubbering like a baby.

So I greeted the news that FX was looking to develop the comic into a television series with the mix of excitement and skepticism that I greet any upcoming adaptation of something I love. And while it’s still early days yet, we do have an update on the show.

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Y The Last Man Showrunner

The ongoing saga of Y: The Last Man‘s journey to the screen has taken another promising turn. Michael Green has been tapped as showrunner on the planned FX series, which is based on Brian K. Vaughan‘s acclaimed comic book series. Green’s recent work includes Starz’s American Gods (another long-simmering adaptation of a beloved geek property), the Wolverine spinoff Logan, and Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049Read More »

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10 Cloverfield Lane opened this weekend to an estimated $25.2 million domestically, which a huge success considering the film’s low-budget price tag. So fans are already wondering if Bad Robot could end up giving the film a proper sequel. When I chatted with 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg late last week, I talked to him about the possibility of a 10 Cloverfield Lane sequel.

And everyone is wondering what the filmmaker might be doing next, so we spoke a little bit about that. We learned about his time travel heist film Crime of the Century which is being developed at Universal, and also about what happened to the Y: The Last Man movie and what his film version of the comic book series might have been.

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‘Y: The Last Man’ TV Series in Development at FX

Y The Last Man TV Series

For several years now a Y: The Last Man movie has been in on-again, off-again development, and now the adaptation may have found new life in a different form. According to a new report, Brian K. Vaughan‘s dystopian sci-fi comic is now in development as a TV series at FX. Read all about the possible Y The Last Man TV series after the jump.  Read More »

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The Y The Last Man movie adaptation is officially dead, once again. Almost-director Dan Trachtenberg was asked about the project on Twitter and said the following: “Not happening. But it’s in trusted hands (the creators).” Most people figured as much, considering Tranchtenberg is currently prepping his Bad Robot film Valencia, but this was the first public confirmation of Y‘s current status.

We took the opportunity to ask Trachtenberg about the project and, to our surprise, he was kind enough to oblige. He explained that his Y: The Last Man was based on the first two trades in Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra‘s amazing series, with some characters deleted and action scenes expanded. He talked about what films he looked to for inspiration and which were referenced in the script. And then confirmed the rights reverted back to Vaughan sometime ago and that the project’s future is totally up in the air.

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In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Y: The Last Man co-creator Brian K Vaughn revealed that New Line Cinema has only a few months left to get Y: The Last Man into production before they lose the rights to make the big screen adaptation.

It’s my understanding that the rights to “Y: The Last Man” will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn’t start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some “Y” news in 2014 either way.

Last we heard, New Line was fast tracking the project to get the adaptation into production this year. But if they don’t act soon, New Line could lose the rights to make the film at all. The Warner Bros-owned company has been trying to bring the comic book series to the big screen for nearly a decade. I’ve been following and reporting on the developments of this adaptation for the last eight and a half years. Lets take a look back at the history of the development.

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It’s been six months since Dan Trachtenberg, formerly of The Totally Rad Show and director of the short Portal: No Escape, was announced as director of Y: The Last Man.

The Vertigo comic series, which follows two male beings who remain alive after mysterious circumstances kill any mammal with a Y chromosome, has been targeted for adaptation a few times in the past, but has never made the leap to the screen. In part, that’s because the comic series tells one long interlinked story about the young man Yorick and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, as Yorick seeks to reunite with his mother, a US Congresswoman.

There’s a lot more to the story than that, of course, and that leads to the other factor: the simple fact of the post-apocalyptic, country-spanning scope of the story. Cramming it into one film didn’t seem prudent, but planning a multi-film arc based on a property the public at large doesn’t know is something that always gives studios pause.

But now David Goyer, who is producing, says the film could shoot next year.  Read More »

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Briefly: One of the biggest news stories Wednesday was that short film director Dan Trachtenberg was hired to direct the long-gestating film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man. Many fans were immediately worried about such a beloved property being in the hands of a filmmaker without a feature film under his belt and, frankly, that makes sense.

But Trachtenberg is not only a talented filmmaker, he’s a fan with a true understanding of the book. Want some proof? Seven years ago, he spoke about having just finished the comic on his then-weekly podcast Geekdrome. Listen to the clip below. Read More »