Brian K. Vaughan has long been a successful writer, both in the realm of TV and in the world of comic books, where he has penned several critically-acclaimed series. Two of his series are making their way to TV as new series: ‘Runaways,’ coming from Hulu very soon, and ‘Y: The Last Man,’ which audiences will see a bit later on.
In a recent interview for ‘Runaways,’ Vaughan took the time to speak a bit on the forthcoming ‘Y’ series, which will be based on his 60-issue, multiple Eisner-winning comic property about Yorick Brown, the sole survivor of a mysterious epidemic that wiped out all male human and animal life on Earth.
First, Vaughan spoke a bit about the screenwriter for the televised version of the story, Michael Green:
“Wow, can that guy write. I wanted to find someone who loved the source material, but didn’t feel so indebted to it that they would be afraid to change it. When he first pitched his take on it to Nina Jacobson, our producer, and me a long time ago, he came in saying he wanted to do something about toxic masculinity. It felt very relevant, and unfortunately I think it’s only become more relevant with each passing day. His take on it was really brave and very different, but exciting as well. I really admire how audacious he’s been with his translation.”
As for why Vaughan opted not to write the TV version of the story himself:
“It used to be that I’d think: ‘I want to do all of these adaptations myself! I worked in film and television. I know how to do this shit! Just give me the ball, coach. I’ll go out there and do it!’ I read recently a quote from the novelist Richard Price when he was being asked why he doesn’t adapt his own work anymore. He said something along the lines of: ‘Adapting your own work is like giving yourself a root canal, just because you happen to be a dentist. You would be well-advised to let others handle that.’ I’m very grateful to have other people doing this dental work, and as you say, I get to just largely enjoy it as a fan.”
There is no specific release date for the ‘Y: The Last Man’ TV series, but hopefully we will see it come to the airwaves in the next year or two.