As production on the pilot for FX's adaptation of Y: The Last Man moves forward, the network CEO John Landgraf has confirmed the series' title will be shortened to Y.
While appearing at a Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press event, Landgraf explained shortening the title was done add an air of mystery and keep with the recent trend of one to two word television series titles, including FX's own Legion, Atlanta, and Snowfall.
"You tend to see one or two word titles," observed Landgraf before noting there were obviously exceptions to the trend. "'Y' seems like a provocative shape. We can do a lot with it graphically. It's a little mysterious."
When FX officially greenlit a pilot for the Vertigo Comics adaptation to begin production in April, the initial press release named the adaptation simply as Y. Since then, Barry Keoghan has been cast as the main character Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth after a mysterious disease wipes out virtually all life on the planet with a Y-chromosome.
While Landgraf kept further details about the upcoming series under wraps, he did confirm Yorick's trusty capuchin monkey companion Ampersand would play a role.
"Yes, the monkey will be a character," revealed the CEO.
Based on the Vertigo comic book series Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y is developed for television by Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal who also serve as showrunners and executive produce along with Vaughan. The pilot episode is directed by Melina Matsoukas and is expected to air on FX.