After more than a decade, an adaptation of Y: The Last Man is hitting our screens this year. FX’s TV series based on the comic by Brian K Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan Jr is premiering on the network in September.
The show is part of FX’s summer slate, and it’ll start streaming September 13 on Hulu. This is no small news, since a live-action version of Y: The Last Man has been in the works, in one way or another, for nearly 15 years. Plans for a movie stretch back to 2007, but the rights reverted to due to inactivity Vaughan and Guerra in 2014, before this televisual iteration was announced in 2015.
After some sort of androcidal plague kills every other mammal with a Y chromosome, including in gestation, Yorick Brown finds himself the last cisgender man left alive. He wanders the post-apocalypse thereafter with his monkey Ampersand, trying to make sense of what happened, and help rebuild society. The original comic ran from 2002 to 2008 on Vertigo, and while we don’t know how many episodes the first season holds, the first two will be available as part of the premiere.
Barry Keoghan was attached to play Yorick in 2018, but ultimately exited the project after delays, to be replaced by Ben Schnetzer. Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Amber Tamblyn, and Marin Ireland are among the supporting cast, and the entire first season has been directed by women. The showrunner is Eliza Clark, who’s also executive producer, with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Louise Friedberg, Brian K. Vaughan, and Melina Matsoukas.
In the same announcement, American Horror Stories, an anthology spin-off of the, er, anthology show, where every episode is a self-contained narrative, is dated for July 15. American Horror Story: Double Feature starts on August 25, and the third season of horror movie spin-off What We Do In The Shadows begins September 2 on FX.
Unfortunately, Hulu is a US-only service, and plans for availability in the UK and elsewhere for Y: The Last Man haven’t been revealed yet. Rest assured, we’ll keep you informed.