Y, the upcoming FX series based on the Y: The Last Man graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, has a new showrunner.  Eliza Clark has been named showrunner, writer, and executive producer on the upcoming series. Clark’s past TV credits include Animal Kingdom, The Killing, Extant, and Rubicon. She replaces the original showrunners Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal, who exited the project this past April.

Eliza Clark

“Y: The Last Man” has had a long development history. New Line acquired the film rights to the series in 2007 and set David Goyer, Carl Ellsworth and director D.J. Caruso to create a film adaptation.  Unfortunately, that creative team walked away from the project after the studio didn’t want to produce the saga as a three-film franchise instead wanting a stand-alone feature.  The studio tried negotiating with several other producing teams, but the rights reverted back to Vaughn in late 2014.

Getting familiar with “Y: The Last Man”

“Y: The Last Man”ranks as one of the most critically acclaimed comic book series of all time. The DC Comics/Vertigo title was first launched in 2002 and revolves around Yorick Brown — the last surviving human with a Y chromosome — and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The story follows Yorick, his protector Agent 355 and scientist Dr. Allison Mann as they set out to discover what the cause of the plague and how they can possibly cure it. “Y: The Last Man” ran for 60 issues and can now be read in graphic novel form.

“Y: The Last Man” Book One, Two and Three.

A pilot episode for Y has already been shot and is not expected to scrapped, just retooled with Clark’s entry into the project. Diane Lane (House of Cards, Man of Steel) stars, leading an ensemble cast featuring Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Juliana Canfield (Succession), along with Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete) and Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).

FX’s Y is expected to premiere in 2020.