There’s a great big world of comic books beyond superhero stories. For example, the biggest series on basic cable, The Walking Dead, is based on a long-running black and white comic book where there’s nary a super-power or cape and cowl in sight. Hollywood now seems to be turning to that idea non-superhero comics might make good TV. Preacher is currently in production to air sometime next year on AMC, and this after years of attempted development to turn it into a feature film. And now, according to sources, another Vertigo comic, Y: The Last Man, is about to follow a similar course.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comic book series created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra is being eyed for TV development on FX. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are apparently in the process of negotiating a deal to turn the 60-issue series into an ongoing TV show for the network. FX had nothing to say on the subject, which indicates that they’re probably in the process of securing the rights and have neither dismissed the notion, nor are they close to wrapping up a deal.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Y: The Last Man follows escape artist Yorick Brown and his sidekick, a Capuchin monkey named Ampersand, as they travel throughout the post-apocalyptic world. The twist is that a plague wiped out all mammals with a Y chromosome with the exception of Yorick and Ampersand, and a perilous mission is undertaken to find out why Yorick is immune and how that might be used to save the human race.
Y: The Last Man has been stuck in development hell for years, and has had names like David S. Goyer and D.J. Caruso attached to it at one time or another. There’s no word as to what role Vaughan himself might play in the show, and its worth noting because he does have TV writing experience on Lost, and, most recently, as showrunner of Under the Dome.
No word on when the TV series might debut, but hey, if you haven’t already, go out and find the graphic novel, which is presently available in numerous collections. We’ll have more news on this project as it becomes available.
Source: Hollywood Reporter