As more book and comic book adaptations continue to hit the big and small screen, producers and showrunners have a better understanding of how to translate material in a way that stays true to the original while serving the medium they are working on.
Y: The last man showrunner Eliza Clark (Existing) is one of them. And as she mentioned in a recent interview with Polygon, even though the series has yet to air, she knows exactly where it will go because she already thinks so in the long term, having described a show that could potentially cover the entire world in its narration – much like the comic book on which it is based.
“Five or six seasons, that’s what I think,” she said. “Without revealing anything, the comic is a great role model, but the show will have its own twists and turns. Overall, I feel like TV is better about five seasons away.”
But don’t worry, she ain’t got nothing too much drastic in mind for now. In fact, it looks like Season 1 is a lot more grounded than the more immediate twists and turns encountered in the comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan (Saga) and illustrated by Pia Guerra.
“I certainly do [want the big time jumps]Clark notes. I love the way Brian immerses you in the world, and you have to find out where you are. But I felt like the first season had to be about who the characters were and what had become of them. I felt that staying with them was important so that the audience could see these changes. “
Y: The last man takes place in a world where every mammal living with the Y chromosome has mysteriously died due to a mysterious disease targeting it. The story centers on one of the Yoricks (Ben Schnetzer), the last titular man, and his attempts to stay alive and navigate this new world as he slowly learns of its existence. He is joined by his pet monkey Esperluette, who is also a male, and Agent 355 (Ashley Romans) who is tasked with keeping him safe. It also focuses on his sister Hero (Olivia Thirlby) and their mother Senator Jennifer Brown (Diane Lane) who is promoted to President of the United States.
Clark says the show will move beyond the more essentialist take on gender featured in the original comic, with the issue of trans men being addressed in a more inclusive way, with the show even working with GLAAD to ensure that.
“I was so interested in moving beyond this binary way of thinking,” says Clark. “I never wanted history to give the impression that ‘women are from Mars and men are from Venus’. People are so much more interesting than that, and the way women treat each other is really interesting to me. And the relationships that women have with other women are strained and complicated, romantic and beautiful. “
Y: The last man ventures out to FX on Hulu on Monday, September 13.