Y: The Last Man (TV series)

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Y: The Last Man
GenreDrama
Post-apocalyptic
Based on
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Nellie Reed
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkFX on Hulu

Y: The Last Man is an upcoming American drama television series that is set to premiere during 2020–21 season on FX on Hulu.[1] It is based on the comic book series Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Eliza Clark serves as showrunner after Michael Green and Aida Mashaka Croal exited the project.[2]

Premise[edit]

Y: The Last Man takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has killed every male mammal save for one lone human and his capuchin monkey. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Ben Schnetzer portrays series lead character Yorick Brown

On October 14, 2015, it was reported that FX had begun development on a television series adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's comic book series Y: The Last Man. Vaughan was set to produce alongside Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Production companies involved with the series were expected to include Color Force and FX Productions.[4]

On November 14, 2016, it was announced that Michael Green would serve as showrunner for the potential series in addition to writing a pilot script with Vaughn.[5] On January 12, 2017, it was reported that FX was expecting to receive the script in the next few months.[6] On May 31, 2017, it was clarified that Green had solely written the script and that Vaughn had read and liked it.[7] On July 21, 2017, it was confirmed that FX had received a draft of the script from Green, that they had liked it, and that discussions over the potential series were ongoing.[8] On January 16, 2018, FX CEO John Landgraf commented on the series' status during the annual Television Critics Association winter press tour saying, "[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." Landgraf went on to comment that Green was now available for the series following his departure from American Gods.[9]

On April 5, 2018, it was announced that FX had given the production a pilot order. Green was expected to co-showrun the series with Aida Mashaka Croal both of whom were also set to executive produce alongside Melina Matsoukas, Jacobson, Simpson, and Vaughan. Matsoukas was also slated to direct the pilot episode as well.[10] On February 4, 2019, it was announced at the Television Critics Association's annual winter press tour that the production had been given a series order for a first season to premiere in 2020.[11]

In April 2019, Green and Croal exited the series due to creative differences.[12] In June 2019, it was announced that Eliza Clark would be replacing Croal and Green as the showrunner.[2] In February 2020, it was concluded that Clark, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force and Vaughan executive produce. Matsoukas also serves as executive producer, as does Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda. Nellie Reed serves as producer.[13] In May 2020, it was announced that the show's title had been changed from Y to Y: The Last Man.[14] On June 22, 2020, it was announced that the series is set to premiere on Hulu instead of FX, as part of "FX on Hulu".[15]

Casting[edit]

In July 2018, it was announced that Diane Lane, Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland, Amber Tamblyn, and Timothy Hutton had been cast in the pilot's main roles.[3][16][17] In February 2020, it was announced that Keoghan was no longer portraying Yorick and that a new actor would be cast.[18] Later that month, Ben Schnetzer was cast in the role of Yorick.[13] In March 2020, it was announced that Elliot Fletcher had been cast in the series regular role of Sam Jordan, Yorick's best friend.[19]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the pilot originally commenced on August 20, 2018.[20] Filming locations reportedly included Pearl River, New York.[21] In February 2020, it was revealed that production for the series was to begin in April.[13] However, production was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[22] Filming for the series is scheduled to begin in October 2020 tentatively in Mississauga, Canada.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, Meredith (May 26, 2020). "FX Sets 'The Old Man,' 'Y: The Last Man' & More New Shows for 2020-2021". TV Insider. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (June 18, 2019). "'Y: The Last Man' Series at FX Hires Eliza Clark as New Showrunner". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (July 11, 2018). "'Y': Diane Lane To Star In FX Drama Pilot Based On 'Y': The Last Man' Comic Book Series; Barry Keoghan, More Round Out Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 14, 2015). "'Y: The Last Man' TV Series in the Works at FX (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 14, 2016). "'Y: The Last Man' FX Series Taps Showrunner (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Schwartz, Terri (January 12, 2017). "FX's Y: The Last Man Developed As an 'Ongoing Series'". IGN. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (May 31, 2017). "INTERVIEW: Brian K. Vaughan Brings Saga Out West for 'Fun-Filled' Arc, The Coffin". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Lewis, Andy (July 21, 2017). "Michael Green Talks Possible 'Y: The Last Man' TV Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Surette, Tim (January 16, 2018). "FX Is "Pretty Optimistic" About Y: The Last Man Adaptation". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 5, 2018). "FX Orders 'Y' Drama Pilot Based On 'Y: The Last Man' Comic Book Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (February 4, 2019). "FX Orders 'Y' Drama Series Based On Comic With Diane Lane To Star – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 15, 2019). "'Y: The Last Man' Showrunners Exit FX Series". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (February 28, 2020). "'Y: The Last Man': Ben Schnetzer to Star as Yorick in FX's Post-Apocalyptic Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  14. ^ Hayner, Chris E. (May 26, 2020). "FX's Y: The Last Man TV Show Finally Gets Its Title Right". GameSpot. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 22, 2020). "'Y: The Last Man,' 'American Horror Stories' Moving to FX on Hulu". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (July 18, 2018). "'Y': Amber Tamblyn To Star In FX Drama Pilot Based On 'Y': The Last Man' Comic Book Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (July 31, 2018). "'Y': Timothy Hutton Joins FX Drama Pilot Based On 'Y': The Last Man' Comic Book Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  18. ^ Sneider, Jeff (February 6, 2020). "Exclusive: 'Y: The Last Man' Recasting Lead Role of Yorick as Barry Keoghan Exits". Collider. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (March 12, 2020). "'Y: The Last Man': Elliot Fletcher Joins FX's Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  20. ^ Gallagher, Brian (August 20, 2018). "FX's Y: The Last Man Showrunner Announces Start Of Production". Screen Rant. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "CBS Marine Corps drama filming in Pearl River today". The Journal News. December 19, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 13, 2020). "FX Series 'Atlanta', 'Fargo', 'Snowfall' & 'Y' Shut Down Over Coronavirus Concerns". Deadline. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  23. ^ "Current Productions | IATSE 873". IATSE 873. Archived from the original on July 26, 2020. Retrieved July 26, 2020.

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