George R.R. Martin, mastermind behind the “Game of Thrones” announced something really amazing on his blog this Sunday. Along with the struggles finishing his sixth book he also signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions (UCP) regarding his another series of books “Wild Cards,” which are to be soon adapted to tv. “Melinda M. Snodgrass is on board as executive producer, along side SyFy Film’s Gregory Noveck.” also stated his post.
Wild Cards is a series of sci-fi superhero works connected under a single shared universe. Much of the series is set in the United States during an alternate post-World War II era where various humans have contracted an alien virus known as the Wild Card virus, which gives some people superhuman powers. While development on the project is set to “begin immediately,” there’s no word on which stories or characters from Martin’s expansive universe will be featured in the show. “There are thousands of stories to be told in the world of the Wild Cards, and Gregory and Melinda and UPC hope to be able to tell many of them,” Martin said.
Martin who is currently locked into an deal with HBO on Game of Thrones and busy with the work on The Winds of Winter, won’t be directly involved in the series, and only signed off the rights. When the show will debut is not known till now, but Martin hopes it will arrive “in the next year or two.” According to Martin, “the shared world of the Wild Cards diverged from our own on September 15, 1946 when an alien virus was released in the skies over Manhattan, and spread across an unsuspecting Earth. Of those infected, 90% died horribly, drawing the black queen, 9% were twisted and deformed into jokers, while a lucky 1% became blessed with extraordinary and unpredictable powers and became aces.
The world was never the same.” Martin also describes the project as “a series of interlocking books, graphic novels, games… but most of all it is a universe, as large and diverse and exciting as the comic book universes of Marvel and DC (though somewhat grittier, and considerably more realistic and more consistent), with an enormous cast of characters both major and minor.” First volume of the series was published in 1986, with over 22 volumes released to date. Universal Cable Productions is behind USA’s “Mr. Robot,” “Colony” and “Suits,” Syfy’s “12 Monkeys,” “The Magicians” and “Killjoys,” E!’s “The Royals,” Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and Hulu’s “Difficult People,” among others. But this one can be expected to be as huge as Mr. Robot, and with the fan following of George R.R. Martin and people being crazy about Game of Thrones nothing is being ruled out. I’m certainly excited to see where all this goes, especially if Snodgrass and Noveck can wrangle a good visual artist to envision the series beyond what’s written on the page. This is it for now, stay tuned to learn more about Wild Cards.