The more news we hear about FX’s upcoming adaptation of beloved comic series Y: The Last Man, the more we can’t wait to finally see this thing. The latest update: Michael Green will be the series’s showrunner.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Green will co-write the script along with Brian K. Vaughan. Yes, the guy who wrote the original comic will write the pilot of the series. So far, FX seems to be doing everything right with this show.
Green comes directly from Starz’ American Gods, where he’s serving as co-showrunner with Bryan Fuller. No word yet on whether or not that means he will leave the Starz series to work on this one. Green has some decent credits to his name, working on shows like Smallville and Heroes. He’s also in charge of the upcoming Blade Runner sequel and worked on Green Lantern. We’ll… forgive that last one if he does a good job with Y.
For those unfamiliar with the comic, you should find a copy and fix that as soon as possible. For now, though, the 2002 Vertigo series follows Yorick Brown, who lives in a future where a mysterious plague has wiped out everyone with a Y chromosome. As the last surviving genetic male on Earth, he travels with his Capuchin monkey buddy, Ampersand to figure out what exactly caused the death of all the other males. The series was met with critical acclaim throughout its six-year run and won three Eisner Awards.
A possible movie adaptation of Y: The Last Man had been in and out of development for years before the rights finally reverted to Vaughan two years ago. He’s since decided to help turn it into a television series, which should fit the serialized source material a little better than a two-hour movie.