A screen adaptation of this popular graphic novel has been “in the works” since, at least, 2008; although little progress has been made since then.
Last we wrote about it, 2+ years ago, it was announced that New Line Cinema had made the project one of its “first priorities.”
Further, New Line was said to have been “very pleased” with a draft of the script from Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (both former “Jericho” writers), and the hunt had begun for a director. Not long after that, a director was hired for the job: Dan Trachtenberg, primarily a director of commercials, who apparently has geek-cred, previously making a short film based on the video game “Portal,” which went viral, generating over 10 million hits on YouTube alone.
Nothing came of any of that news, as, last fall (2014), Brian K. Vaughan (creator of the comic) announced that the movie was dead.
But it looks like an adaptation of another kind is taking form…
Skip ahead to today, to an announcement that the FX network is developing a TV series based on the post-apocalyptic graphic novel franchise, although no writer or director is attached at this time, and no expected ETA.
In the “Y: The Last Man” comic book series, Yorick Brown, a young amateur escape artist, and his monkey, Ampersand, suddenly become the last two male beings on earth after something mysterious wipes out every mammal on the planet 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 is supposed to be on vacation in Australia, accompanied by his body guard, Agent 355.
So why do we care about this project here on S&A, since the central character is white and male? Well, it’s with Agent 355 that our interests primarily lie – who happens to be a black woman.
Way back in 2008, Alicia Keys was the then producer’s choice to play Agent 355 – an employee of a secretive US government agency; a bad-ass who kicks butt and confidently handles a variety of weapons.
Alicia Keys was his first choice, but he also mentioned Zoe Saldana, adding that “by then ‘Star Trek’ [the first film] will be out and she’ll be huge.” “Star Trek” obviously was released, and was relatively huge for Saldana, but no “Y: The Last Man” adaptation.
Another names I’ve heard/read mentioned is Rosario Dawson.
But maybe FX, should the network indeed move ahead with its serialized version of the novel, will find one contender for Agent 355 when they take a look at filmmaker Christian Cardona’s fan-made short film adaptation of the graphic novel, which stars Kent King as Agent 355.
Watch (King first appears around the 9:15 mark):