It was in early February 2019 that FX announced a series order for Y, the network’s adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra‘s post-apocalyptic DC Comics-Vertigo sci-fi comic book series Y: The Last Man – and now it looks like we’re getting an update on series production directly from one of the comic book’s co-creators.
Speaking at Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) 2019 over the weekend, Guerra revealed that we might be seeing Y a little earlier than expected:
“I’m thinking later this year or the start of the new year. They did the pilot last fall, we got to visit the set a couple of times. It was amazing-looking, and we just got the green light last month, and it looks like it’s gonna start filming in the summer.”
Touching upon the reasons why the project languished in “development hell” for so long, Guerra also opened up about her involvement with the series:
“I’m technically supposed to be a consultant. They sent us the first draft of the script last year, and it was beautiful. There was a lot of changes they’ve made since; I have not seen those changes. That’s about the extent of my involvement, except for after we visited, they let me know there’s a scene in an animator’s studio where they wanted some drawings from the table. So I’m like, ‘Sure!’ I drew a bunch of stuff and they just plastered the wall with it. It’s going to be in the pilot episode.”
Set to premiere in 2020 (maybe earlier now?), Y finds all of the men dead. But one. Based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series Y: The Last Man by Vaughan and Guerra, Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male save for one lone human. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival.
Co-created, written and executive produced by showrunners Michael Green (American Gods, Blade Runner 2049) and Aida Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage, Turn), the series stars Diane Lane (Man of Steel), Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Imogen Poots (Roadies), Lashana Lynch(Captain Marvel), Juliana Canfield (Succession), Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete), Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People), and Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).
● Lane’s Senator Jennifer Brown is a first-term Junior Senator who’s already made a name for herself in political circles for her willingness to put personal ideals above politics. She is also the mother of Yorick and Hero Brown.
● Keoghan’s Yorick Brown is a young man who uses humor to deflect from his problems – and who may be the lone male survivor of a worldwide plague.
● Poots’ Hero Brown is a tough and confident EMT who nurses a deep emotional trauma that often leads her to cross personal and professional lines.
● Lynch’s Agent 355 is a Secret Service agent who performs the duties of her job with the utmost professionalism – even under the most unexpected set of circumstances.
● Canfield’s Beth is a Brooklyn-based knife maker who grew up on a farm and went to New York to experience the big city. She finds something endearing about the hapless Yorick; and when they’re together, there’s the undeniable spark of two kids in love.
● Ireland’s Nora is the President’s senior assistant and right hand – balancing a family life with a job navigating the corridors of power.
● Hutton serves as the President of the United States of America Callows.
● Tamblyn’s Mariette Callows is the President of the United States’ daughter, groomed for a career in politics and to uphold her father’s conservative values.
Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force (American Crime Story, Pose, Crazy Rich Asians) and Vaughan executive produce and will develop the series. Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None) directed the pilot episode and also serves as executive producer.