“We have some exciting new for all the Wild Cards fans out there,” George R.R. Martin writes in his blog, grrm.livejournal.com. “Universal Cable Productions (UCP) has acquired the rights to adapt our long-running Wild Cards series of anthologies and mosaic novels for television.”
Game of Thrones writer and creator George R.R. Martin recently made the announcement himself on his blog, grrm.livejournal.com. His other book series, The Wild Card, is also coming to TV. It’s just in the very early stages of production though, so it’s hard to say when the show will really come out. Martin writes, “I hope you’re as excited as I am. Of course, Hollywood is Hollywood, and nothing is ever certain in development… but I think I hope I cross my fingers that the Wild Cards will be coming to your home screens in the next year or two.”
Will The Wild Card be as a big success as its brother, Game of Thrones? Hard to say. But according to Martin, here is what The Wild Card is all about:
“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.”
He continues, “Wild Cards is a series of 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.”
Martin will not be a part of the TV series though, as he is under an exclusive contract with HBO for Game of Thrones.