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Comic book properties are as hot today as ever, thanks to the likes of Marvel and DC on the big screen and on the little screen.
This still doesn’t mean that all comic books that are picked up get rushed out of the studio’s doors, as aY: The Last Man TV adaptation has been in FX‘s hands since late 2015.
The long-gestating adaptation, however, may have just seen a boost thanks to some backstage politics issues with Starz‘ amazing adaptation of American Gods.
FX picked up Vertigo‘s acclaimed comic book series over two years ago, and, in 2016, added Michael Green (of Logan fame) as showrunner to the project.
However, Green was also committed to overseeing Starz’ American Gods property alongside Bryan Fuller.
That was until the pair left the American Gods team in November amid disputes with Starz Head Office over the creative direction and budget for Season 2.
American Gods loss is Y: The Last Man‘s gain, however, as FX CEO John Landgraf has acted on this news to move his company’s property forward now that Green is more readily available.
Talking to TV Guide, Landgraf said;
“[We feel] pretty optimistic, not quite at a final decision point.
But we got a script I really like, a draft we really like recently.
Michael [Green] is available, because he’s not involved in American Gods [anymore]”
Y: The Last Man follows Yorick Brown, an amateur escape artist and his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand who, together, are the last surviving male mammals left on Earth following a mysterious plague.
The pair set off across the globe to reunite with Yorick’s girlfriend, discover what wiped out the world’s Y chromosomes and find out why they survived.
The comic debuted in 2002 at Vertigo with Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, the property was acquired by New Line Cinema with DJ Caruso “loosely attached” to the property before he exited the project following a disagreement about the franchise’s format – he planned on a trilogy whilst the studio wanted a single film. The adaptation saw a brief revival by New Line in 2012 but ultimately, the film rights were reverted back to Vaughan and Guerra in 2014.