I so want to just type Y2FX.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news this morning that the long-batted around Vertigo Comics series Y The Last Man is in development for the FX Network, though FX wouldn’t comment. According to the trade paper, FX is looking for a writer to work alongside original series co-creator Brian K. Vaughan (who still owes us lunch).
The beloved comics series, created by Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, follows the adventures of Yorick Brown, quite literally the last man on Earth. A wannabe escape artist one day, he wakes up the next to discover that all the other men on the planet have died of a mysterious plague. Chased by various factions of women with very different agendas for the last man, Yorick and his capuchin monkey Ampersand just want to survive and figure out why everyone else with a Y chromosome is dead.
It’s been in development at various studios as a feature film, but ultimately abandoned because no one at New Line Cinema could seem to create a satisfying two-hour film script out of it rather than the originally conceived film trilogy. The rights have recently reverted to Vaughan. Once again, the modern style of television storytelling makes a perfect fit for Vaughan and Guerra’s years long series. With Vaughan’s experience in television with LOST and as the original developer of Under the Dome when it was at Showtime, he knows how to do serialized television.
In an earlier incarnation of this project, actor Zachary Levi had expressed interest in playing Yorick. Though it’s way too early in the development process to call for casting choices, Levi would still be a great choice.