“Gods” Loss Is Y: The Last Man’s Gain

Michael Green was a big writing/producing winner in 2017. Along with penning the scripts for four of the years biggest films (“Logan,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Alien: Covenant” and “Murder on the Orient Express”), he served as co-showrunner with Bryan Fuller on Starz’s “American Gods”.

Indeed it was Green’s involvement that was said to be a big factor in getting Ian McShane onboard ‘Gods’ as the pair previously worked on the lauded and prematurely cancelled NBC series “Kings” which starred McShane as a modern King of America. Of course both Green and Fuller have opted out of continuing with “American Gods” which leaves the state of that show in limbo at present.

It may prove advantageous for FX though. That network is where the long in the works screen adaptation of Brian Vaughn’s acclaimed comic “Y: The Last Man” has been in development for a few years. FX has previously opted to take their time with the property, making sure it’s adapted right, and now FX CEO John Landgraf tells TV Guide that the show is coming together at last:

“[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 is available because he’s not involved in American Gods [anymore].”

The 60-issue comic follows young amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the last two men on Earth. Something simultaneously kills every mammal on Earth possessing a Y chromosome – including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm.

Society is plunged into chaos as infrastructures collapse and the surviving women everywhere try to cope with the loss of the men. Yorick goes on a mission to find his girlfriend Beth, who was on vacation in Australia.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson will produce the ongoing series which went into development after multiple attempts at a film adaptation collapsed.