It seems a television version of Yorick’s adventures will finally happen.
FX announced on Monday that it has picked up Y — an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man — to series. Set in a world in which nearly all the mammals with the Y chromosome suddenly die, remaining males Yorick Brown (Barry Keoghan) and his pet monkey Ampersand travel with a former government agent and a geneticist across the partially collapsed United States — and then the world — to find out why they survived and if they can salvage the human race before almost certain extinction. Diane Lane will play Senator Brown, Yorick’s mother, in a cast which includes Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield Marin Ireland, and Amber Tamblyn.
Former American Gods executive producer Michael Green and Luke Cage vet Aïda Mashaka Croal will run the show together.
“Brian and Pia’s exploration of a world without men is a favorite for its depth, its humor, its insights and its monkey,” said Croal and Green in a statement, according to Deadline. “Adapted today it offers us a cracked mirror to look at our own very cracked world. We thank them for their trust — we thank FX for their support — and we thank the casting gods for letting us work with this incredible group of actors.”
The series was in development for years, nearing pilot stage a number of times. It also nearly became a feature film, but plans broke down when the studio did not want to commit to a three-film series. A television show was always its best destiny.
It is unclear how quickly the series will make it to air, but one assumes it will debut in early 2020.