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‘Y: The Last Man’ Series Gets New Showrunner…Again

I wrote an article called “Y: The Last Man’ TV Adaptation Will Be Made…Eventually,” and that certainly rings true today. The show will be made, but first all the dominoes need to fall in place instead of blowing across the table like a torn up piece of tissue.

 

Aida Croal and Michael Green
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In that article, dated April 16th, I wrote that Aida Croal and Michael Green had announced on the 15th via Twitter that they were exiting the show.

 

 

To conclude the article, I wrote that “…Aida Croal and Michael Green are out. FX is still moving forward with the project, marching forth. Hopefully the next development is a good one and not another setback.”

 

 

In retrospect, these few sentences are genius. Not only do they state the obvious, but they provide a neat transition to our latest update: Eliza Clark, executive producer on Animal Kingdom, has been hired as the writer, executive producer and new showrunner for the TV adaptation of Y: The Last Man.

Let’s get the basics out of the way:

 

Another "Y: The Last Man" Cover
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Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series that centers around Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand, the only males who survived the apparent global androcide. The series was authored by Brian K. Vaughan, also known for his work on Saga, Ex Machina, and Pia Guerra, has worked in the comics industry since the 1990s for both DC and Marvel comics. It was published by Vertigo from 2002 through 2008.

The series received three Eisner Awards, but before it was even completed, the film rights to the series were acquired by Vertigo’s sister company New Line Cinema.

Fast forward to over a decade later and Deadline is reporting that Eliza Clark is the newest showrunner on the project.

 

Nina Jacobson

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Executive producer Nina Jacobson, who produced Hunger Games and Crazy Rich Asians, is quoted as saying, “We were chasing Eliza Clark as a writer long before we knew that she shared our obsession with Y: The Last Man.”

Well they got her, now let’s hope they keep her.

 

 

For the record, in addition to Clark and Jacobson, Brad Simpson, also a producer on Crazy Rich Asians, author of Y: The Last Man Brian K. Vaughan, and Melina Matsoukas, director for the TV series, Insecure, are all executive producing. Matsoukas also directed the pilot episode, although that episode is expected to undergo changes given that Clark is now on board.

FX President of Original Programming Nick Grad noted that, “We are thrilled to have her on board and partner with this stellar cast, Brian, Nina, Brad and Melina.”

 

Barry Keoghan

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For the record, Barry Keoghan, from The Killing of the Sacred Deer and Dunkirk has been already cast as Yorick Brown, the last surviving human with a Y chromosome.

 

Diane Lane

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According to Flickering Myth, Diane Lane, the mom in Inside Out and Martha Kent in Man of Steel, will play Yorick’s mother Senator Jennifer Brown.

 

Imogen Poots

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Imogen Poots, who portrayed Amber in Green Room, will play Yorick’s sister Hero Brown.

 

Lashana Lynch

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Lashana Lynch, who portrayed Maria Rambeau in Capital Marvel, will play Secret Service operative Agent 355.

 

Juliana Canfield

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Juliana Canfield, who portrayed Jess Jordan in Succession, will play Yorick’s love-interest Beth.

 

Marin Ireland

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Marin Ireland, who portrayed Debbie Howard in Hell or High Water, will play Nora, right hand to the president.

 

 

Clark herself has said that, “I’m thrilled to tell this story and to be working with this immensely talented cast.”

Well, let’s hope she works out, and let’s all remember that when the show premieres in 2020, even if it’s terrible, it’ll still be a miracle that this adaptation was even made.

 

 

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Yorick Brown and his pet money Ampersand

‘Y: The Last Man’ TV Adaptation Will Be Made…Eventually

While FX is still moving forward with its television adaptation of the comic book series Y: The Last Man, the original showrunners—Aida Croal and Michael Green—announced on Twitter yesterday they are exiting the show.

 

This is heartbreaking news, especially considering the setbacks the beloved comic book series has already suffered.

For context, Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series that centers around Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the only males who survived the apparent global androcide. The series was authored by Brian K. Vaughan, also known for his work on Ex Machina, and Pia Guerra, has worked in the comics industry since the 1990s for both DC and Marvel comics. It was published by Vertigo from 2002 through 2008.

 

"Y: The Last Man" Cover
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The series received not one, not two, but three Eisner Awards. Before the series was even done, the film rights to the series were acquired by Verigo’s sister company New Line Cinema and in July 2007 screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and director D. J. Caruso, who worked together on Disturbia, were attached to the project with David S. Goyer as a producer, as reported by Variety.

However, production stalled. Shia LaBeouf was rumored to be attached and Caruso was reportedly interested in using a real monkey, not CGI, to portray Ampersand.

 

Another "Y: The Last Man" Cover
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Caruso was eventually replaced by Dan Trachtenberg, who recently directed 10 Cloverfield Lane, who confirmed in September of 2014 that “The rights reverted back to Brian [Vaughan] quite a few months ago”.

Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long to hear the great news. In October 2015, The Hollywood Reporter gave us the news that Y: The Last Man would be produced by Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games, and Brad Simpson, producer of Crazy Rich Asians, alongside Brian K. Vaughan, who would also write for the show. Come November 2016, Slash Film reported that Michael Green, writer of Blade Runner 2049, had been added to the project as a showrunner.

Brain K. Vaughan told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2007 that:

“When [Green] first pitched his take on it to Nina Jacobson and me a long time ago, he came in saying he wanted to do something about toxic masculinity. It felt very relevant, and unfortunately, I think it’s only become more relevant with each passing day. His take on it was really brave and very different, but exciting as well. I really admire how audacious he’s been with his translation.”

Then we got the golden nugget: FX “…handed out a formal pilot order and enlisted Aida Mashaka Croal (Jessica Jones, Turn) to serve as co-showrunner alongside Green…”

The show was getting made!

 

Yorick Brown and his pet money Ampersand

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But now Aida Croal and Michael Green are out. FX is still moving forward with the project, marching forth.

Hopefully the next development is a good one and not another setback.

 

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