Believe it or not, there was once a time when comic book adaptations, film or TV, were scarce. So scarce that some of us even felt the need to apologise/make excuses for the lousy ones, of which there were plenty. But there was also a time when high quality scripted cable dramas were equally scarce. Now, there’s some piece of must-see TV on virtually every night of the week. There’s a point to this trip down memory lane, we promise!
Back in those days of scarcity, fans would sit around and read comics of exceptional worth like Preacher or Y: The Last Man and say, “this thing is paced just like one of those awesome cable dramas that we sure wish there were more of, and it’s more compelling than a lot of other stuff on TV, too.” But instead, we were constantly threatened with a Preacher movie or even a Y: The Last Man movie. “But movie studios,” we would cry, “these are serialised dramas that would be far more suited to television!” Pleas that fell on deaf ears.
Until now. Now, we have things like a Preacher TV series on AMC, for example, not to mention an endless array of superhero dramas on broadcast and cable networks. FX, meanwhile, has been developing Y: The Last Man as a series for the last two-odd years…and they’ve finally ordered it to series.
“Brian and Pia’s exploration of a world without men is a favorite for its depth, its humor, its insights and its monkey,” said Y‘s showrunners Aida Mashaka Croal and Michael Green in a statement. “Adapted today it offers us a cracked mirror to look at our own very cracked world. We thank them for their trust — we thank FX for their support — and we thank the casting gods for letting us work with this incredible group of actors.”
Y: The Last Man release date
The show will begin in 2020. We’ll bring you an exact release date when we get it.
Y: The Last Man cast
Here’s the confirmed cast, via THR:
Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) will play Yorick, the “last man” of the show, “a young man who is quick to use humour to deflect from his problems who may be the lone male survivor of a worldwide plague.”
Diane Lane is Jennifer Brown, “a junior senator in her first term who has already made a name for herself in political circles for her willingness to put personal ideals above politics, she is also the mother of Yorick and Hero Brown.”
Imogen Poots is Hero Brown, “a tough and confident EMT who nurses a deep emotional trauma that often leads her to cross personal and professional lines.”
Lashana Lynch is Agent 355, “a Secret Service agent who performs the duties of her job with the utmost professionalism — even under the most unexpected circumstances.”
Juliana Canfield is Beth, “a Brooklyn-based knife maker who grew up on a farm and went to New York to experience the big city. She finds something endearing about the hapless Yorick and when they’re together, there’s the undeniable spark of two kids in love.”
Marin Ireland is Nora, “the president’s senior assistant and right hand. She effortlessly balances family life with a job navigating the corridors of power.”
Y: The Last Man crew
Y: The Last Man has a showrunner in the form of a guy who is rapidly becoming one of the busiest figures in Hollywood. Michael Green (Logan, American Gods, Blade Runner 2049) has been named as co-showrunner alongside Aida Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage, Turn), and he’s co-writing the pilot with Y: The Last Man co-creator Brian K. Vaughan (who is also producing the series alongside Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson). Hopefully, series artist Pia Guerra gets some love, too. Melina Matsoukas (who directed Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ video) will also executive produce.
Now, if only someone could have the good sense to do the same with another Brian K. Vaughan written series, Paper Girls, that would be awesome.