We thought Hollywood was done with superhero movies. We... were wrong.
Syfy Films is looking to get in on the genre as it's acquired the rights to "Wild Cards," the superhero anthology edited, co-created and co-written by "Game of Thrones" author, George R.R. Martin, according to Heat Vision.
"Wild Cards" is a series of books and stories taking place in a world where an alien virus had been unleashed in New York City. Those who survived were turned into either a class of beings named "Jokers," mostly deformed creatures, or, more rarely, "Aces," who have special powers.
The first book was published in 1987, around the same time Frank Miller and Alan Moore were revolutionizing the comic book genre with their edgy, adult-oriented tales, "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Watchmen," respectively.
Melinda Snodgrass, co-creator and co-writer of "Wild Cards," will be penning the screenplay for what is the first acquisition for Syfy Films, which was founded in December 2010 as a joint venture between Syfy and Universal Studios. While the scope of the story will most certainly be epic, the budget will not -- the filmmakers are looking to films such as "District 9" and "Source Code" as inspiration in bringing a big sci-fi story to life on a modest budget.
For the record, we're not sick of superhero movies -- and neither is, we assume, the rest of the world. We're just sick of superhero movies that aren't very good. Hopefully, "Wild Cards" will be one of the great ones, as it certainly has that potential.
No start date has been announced for "Wild Cards" yet, but stay tuned for casting announcements in the near future, citizens. In the meantime, MTV Geek spoke to several of the "Wild Cards" writers -- check it out!