George R. R. Martin has announced in his blog that Universal Cable Production has acquired rights to adapt his long-standing series Wild Cards to television.
With the sixth season of Games of Thrones out of the window, viewers are asking for more. Especially when HBO just released a statement saying the show will run until the eight season only. However, for fans of Martin, you?re in for a treat.
Wild Cards is a collection of science fiction superhero stories. Set in an alternate history post-World War II New York where an alien virus spreads inflicting tens of thousands of people. The virus kills 90 percent of the people who contract it. The remainder, 9 percent of which develop minor or crippling physical conditions. They are called the Jokers. The last 1 percent, called Aces, develop superhuman abilities while remaining human, or sometimes mostly human in appearance.
Wild Cards started as a campaign for Superworld role-playing game in New Mexico. Players were science fiction writers including Gail Gerstner-Miller, Victor Millan, and Melinda Snodgrass. George R. R. Martin served as game master for this event.
The first book was released in January 1987. As of November 2014, a total of twenty-two books have been released. The twenty-third book is set to release this August. The series has been adapted to comic books and role-playing games.
Universal Cable Production has created critically acclaimed television and digital contents such as Suits, Royal Pains, The Royals, and Battlestar Galactica. Their programming is available in various media platforms both domestic and international.
According to Martin:
?Development will begin immediately on what we hope will be the first of several interlocking stories.?
?Which stories will be adapted? Which character will be featured? Hard to say at this stage. Let?s see..?
Martin mentioned in his blog that he will not be writing for the supposed Wild Cards show due to his prior commitments with HBO. He is also writing his next book, The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in his Game of Thrones series. However, Melinda Snodgrass, his co-creator, will be one of the executive producers for the show.
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