It’s been a long road for FX’s series adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s award-winning sci-fi graphic novel Y: The Last Man. The project has been in the works for years, hitting speedbump after speedbump, and with production right around the corner in April, it looked like the series had a big problem with star Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) departing the lead role. However, it looks like the production has recovered quickly by reeling in Warcraft star Ben Schnetzer to take over as the show’s star. Read More »
The Y: The Last Man TV series has hit yet another roadblock, and at this point, it might be a good idea to give up on the entire idea. FX has been trying to get the series off the ground for years, and things seemed to be moving forward finally, with Dunkirk actor Barry Keoghan in the lead. But now that’s all changed – Keoghan is out, and the lead character will be recast.
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Y: The Last Man is one of the most universally lauded comic book series of the past few decades, and it will soon set to receive a star-studded TV series adaptation at FX, simply titled Y. Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra‘s Eisner Award-winning series is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi parable that centered on Yorick Brown, the last surviving male of the human race after a cataclysmic event wiped out all other living mammals with a Y chromosome. The comic book series was celebrated for its vision of matriarchal society, but in the years since its publication between 2002 and 2008, our understanding of biological sex and gender has evolved. And it seems that FX’s Y is taking that into account.
A casting call is circulating for a transgender character original to the series. As a transgender man, the new character would survive this apocalypse because he was biologically born a woman. While this casting addresses some of the failings that the original series had in regards to diversity and representation, a transgender character joining the Y cast potentially opens the floodgates for a whole new set of issues.
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After a decade in development, first as a film and then as a television series, I’ll believe that a Y: The Last Man series exists only after I see a full episode with my own eyes. But author Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the superb comic series on which the upcoming FX series is based, has some good news. In a recent update about the show’s progress, he promises that it’s now in “excellent hands” with its new showrunner. Read More »
FX has been developing a TV adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra‘s acclaimed comic series Y: The Last Man for years, going as far as to commission a pilot that was picked up to series earlier this year. That seemed like great news, but the stumbles for this property continued: a few months ago, the series lost showrunners Aida Mashaka Croal and Michael Green due to “creative differences;” thankfully, FX decided to continue moving forward with it anyway.
The search was on to find a replacement, and now that search is over: Eliza Clark, who previously worked on Animal Kingdom and The Killing, has been hired to take over as the new showrunner. Read More »
A year after FX ordered a pilot adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s highly acclaimed comic series Y: The Last Man, showrunners Aida Mashaka Croal and Michael Green announced that they are parting ways with the project. But this won’t be the last you’ll be hearing of the series. FX is reportedly still moving forward with the long-gestating series that the network first began developing in 2015.
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Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2019 by Fred Topel
Before beginning their day of panels for the Television Critics Association, FX sent out a press release confirming that the series Y, based on the Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra series Y: The Last Man, has been ordered to series. Diane Lane, Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland and Amber Tamblyn star.
But we’ll have to wait until 2020 to see it. During his executive session, FX CEO John Landgraf explained why he’s giving Y a whole year to develop since filming the pilot.
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Posted on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 by Fred Topel
There has been a lot of news about FX’s adaptation of Y: The Last Man, simply titled Y for the network. The cast so far includes Diane Lane, Imogen Poots, Barry Keoghan and most recently Timothy Hutton. But now FX has provided some new details about the forthcoming series adaptation.
During FX’s Television Critics Association session, FX CEO John Landgraf explained why he preferred the title to simply be Y (including plans to play with it graphically), Aftewards, he spoke to /Film about the show’s updated post-apocalyptic setting, the monkey Ampersand and the presence of another man in the cast who isn’t Yorick, the last man. Read More »
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The Y the Last Man TV show cast has a new addition, and there’s a pretty good chance he won’t stick around very long. Timothy Hutton has joined the series, inspired by the comic from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Y is set in a world where all living mammals with a Y chromosome have died, with the exception of an escape artist named Yorrick and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. Since Hutton is playing neither Yorrick nor his monkey, don’t expect him to make it into the second season.
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In today’s edition of TV Bits:
- Roseanne spin-off The Conners gets a premiere date and a new theme song
- A whole new slate of Shonda Rhimes shows coming to Netflix
- James Gunn‘s Starsky & Hutch show has been abandoned
- J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot has a new TV series in the works
- Y: The Last Man adds another cast member
- Christina Applegate heads to Netflix for Dead to Me
- Jillian Bell joins Ben Schwartz in Showtime comedy The Wrong Mans (yes, plural)
- Get Shorty gets a season 2 trailer
- And more!
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