From the creator of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin comes a new TV project, based off his long-running anthology series Wild Cards.
The announcement came from his LiveJournal blog, saying that Universal Cable Productions had acquired the rights to adapt Wild Cards into a TV project, with the goal to create “several interlocking series” that connects all the stories together. Multiple TV shows? we can dig that.
The most of the Wild Card novels are set in an alternate universe post-World War II America, following a bunch of humans who are infected with the “Wild Card” virus.
The virus is of an alien nature and rewrites human DNA; with those expressing crippling negative effects called “Jokers” while those who get mutated superhero forms are called “Aces”.
The series has had 22 novels published since its inception in 1987, with the next one to hit later in August.
“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.”
As of the moment, Martin is still working on the sixth novel (The Winds of Winter) in the A Song of Fire and Ice series that was adapted into HBO’s Game of Thrones. As such he won’t be involved in developing the Wild Card series.
No word yet on what stories would be coming out way but we hope they’ll drop some info soon.