Earlier this week, it was revealed that Disney’s FX has decided not to renew “Y: The Last Man” for a second season. This series is currently being released on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in the UK.
More details on why Disney opted not to move forward on the series has been revealed by THR, who have stated that executives at FX had to make a decision by the 15th of October 2021, because that’s when the extension options of the cast would expire. Should FX decided to extend the contracts on the cast, it would have cost an additional $3 million dollars, before any further production costs in making the series, which already cost around $8.5 million per episode.
“Y: The Last Man” has been in development at FX for years. Originally it picked up the rights to make a drama in 2015 and picked up the drama to become a pilot in 2018, with casting details announced. The lead roles included Barry Keoghan and Diane Lane, however as time went on with more delays, caused by the original showrunners Michael Green and Aida Croal parting ways with the show. This also resulted in Eliza Clark taking over the responsibilities of the showrunner on the show in 2019. With other members of the cast also being replaced.
Due to the pandemic, filming on the new series didn’t begin until October 2020 and wasn’t released on Hulu/Disney+ until September 2021.
Also during the development of this series, Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, which will no doubt also have resulted in some changes. It’s not hard to imagine there is less interest in making a series about a DC comic book than there was when FX started on the project.
Back in September, Eliza Clark spoke with the executives at FX about renewing the show. Which would have only been weeks into the show becoming available, so there wouldn’t have been much viewership data at hand.
Ultimately, FX decided not to move ahead with the second season. Though there are still plans to see if another streaming platform such as HBO Max (which is owned by WarnerMedia, who own DC Comics). But this would could result in an issue with Disney selling off its library rights or becoming a third-party content supplier, which they have done with some 20th Television titles.
Ultimately, the future of the show is still unknown.
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