Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Vertigo series “Y: The Last Man” has landed a television series on FX following plans for a film adaptation, which recently fell through at New Line. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vaughan and Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson will develop the comic as an ongoing television series.
Running for sixty issues, Vaughan and Guerra’s original comic series follows Yorick Brown, the last surviving human with a Y chromosome, and his (also male) Capuchin monkey Ampersand. Throughout the series, Brown navigates the world after a mysterious disease has wiped out all the other men on the planet.
The project is currently seeking a writer and a director. It will be produced by FX and FX Productions.
New Line originally acquired rights for a film adaptation in 2007 with David Goyer, Carl Ellsworth and director D.J. Caruso attached. Caruso ultimately departed the film after New Line wanted to take the film in a different direction, bumping it from a three-film franchise to a two-hour stand-alone feature. Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia, J.C. Spink, Chris Bender, Mason Novick and Jake Weiner were also attached at one point, but the project similarly fell through.The plans were eventually scrapped, and the rights for the property have since reverted back to Vaughan.
“We wanted to tell a complete story … but not the whole story,” Vaughan said in September 2014 when the rights to the franchise reverted back to him, noting that he had hoped that “in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure.” It seems this hope has since panned out.
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