(Disclaimer: Spoilers for Y: The Last Man below. Continue at your own risk!)
Brian K. Vaughan's beloved #ComicBook Y: The Last Man has been a sought-after property for a TV series for over a year. Well, it seems that #FX has finally nailed down the project, and has already hired a showrunner. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Michael Green — currently on Starz's Neil Gaiman/Bryan Fuller drama American Gods — will co-write the script with comic book creator Brian K. Vaughan.
Watch Brian K. Vaughan discussing Y: The Last Man Below:
Michael Green has been producing television since 2001 and has worked on a wide variety of shows. With credits that include #Smallville, #Gotham, and #Heroes; it is easy to see why he would be chosen to bring Y: The Last Man to the small screen. Most recently, he penned the screenplays for the highly anticipated films: Logan, Bladerunner 2049, Alien Covenant, and Murder on the Orient Express.
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'Y: The Last Man'
Released in 2002, the comic book follows Yorick Brown, an escape artist who is the sole surviving member of his gender, after every male on earth dies simultaneously. Society has since collapsed, and barring some scientific miracle, human kind is doomed to perish. Yorick searches for answers, with his only companion being his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand.
With everything stacked against him, Yorick must find a way to survive, and ensure the future of humanity. Luckily, he has some allies that help him along the way, which include; his mother, who happens to be a member of Congress, and Agent 355 who was commissioned to protect Yorick. They all set off on a worldwide quest to save humanity.
He is the most wanted - and only - man in the world. Some groups want to execute him, while others think he is vital to the continuation of the species. Yorick's journey is one of discovery, finding out who he really is, and what his new life is going to become in this post-apocalyptic world.
Questions Left Unanswered
The comic book series is one of the most acclaimed of all time. Y: The Last Man ran 60 issues and most interestingly, never had a definitive explanation as to what caused the plague that wiped out every being with a Y chromosome. Many theories were posited, but no explanation was ever given. In an interview with IGN creator Brian K. Vaughn spoke on this topic:
I feel that there is a definitive explanation, but I like that people don't necessarily know what it is. In interviews we always said that we would tell people exactly what caused the plague. The thing was, we never said when we were going to tell. We weren't going to tell you when we were telling you, I should say. We might have told you in issue #3. There might have been something in the background that only a couple people caught. It might have been Dr. Mann's father's very detailed, scientific explanation. It might have been Alter's off-the-wall conspiracy theory. The real answer is somewhere in those 60 issues, but I prefer to let the reader decide which one they like rather than pushing it on them
The TV series may finally give fans the answers they have been looking for. If the answers are hidden within the pages of the comics, then it stands to reason that it will pop up on the show, hopefully in a less cryptic way. Sometimes questions are best left unanswered, but in this case, the mystery is the entire catalyst of the story.
Until the show is brought to life, we will have to continue to wait and speculate on to what the cause of the virus is. Thankfully, FX has a great record of providing quality television shows, and Michael Green is a great screenwriter. As the creator of the series, Brian K. Vaughan knows the project better than anybody, and that makes his role in the series the most important. Make sure you stay tuned to get the latest information on Y: The Last Man as it drops!
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