Y: The Last Man is an acclaimed comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra that ran from 2002 to 2008. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where a cataclysmic event has killed every male save one…the last man, if you will. FX is adapting the story as a TV series, with Barry Keoghan as literal-last-man-on-Earth Yorrick. “The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival,” said Nick Grad, FX President of Original Programming.
All that sounds like an intriguing basis for a TV show, but The Last Man has been plagued by development problems for a while now; former showrunners Michael Green and Aida Croal left the project a couple months back, citing “creative differences,” which could mean absolutely anything. But now, per The A.V. Club, FX has brought in a new showrunner to shepherd the series to completion: Eliza Clark, who’s worked as a producer and writer on shows like TNT’s Animal Kingdom and AMC’s The Killing.
“Eliza Clark is an enormously talented writer and producer whose ambitious vision for Y will only enhance the mystique and allure of this powerful story,” said Grad. And in her own statement, Clark herself sounded pleased as could be:
A decade ago I devoured the complete Y: The Last Man series cover to cover, imagining how it might take shape on screen. It introduced me to the amazing work of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra and the complex, fascinating world of Y. I’m thrilled to tell this story and to be working with this immensely talented cast.
Y: The Last Man is one of many interesting genre projects on the horizon. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, Netflix’s Witcher show, Showtime’s Kingkiller Chronicle series, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel…Will The Last Man be able to stand out? We’ll find out soon.
Well, unless it slips back into development hell. Sometimes Hollywood is like that.