Over the weekend, GRRM announced that the rights to his long-running Wild Cards series — a sci-fi superhero anthology of graphic novels, books, and games — have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions. For those unfamiliar with the dystopian anthology series, Martin wrote, “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,” he added on his LiveJournal. “The world was never the same.”
It certainly seems like a colorful, expansive universe ripe for a TV adaptation. However, there’s one unfortunate catch: Due to his contract with HBO, Martin won’t be working on this series. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not in good hands: Martin’s long-time assistant editor, Melinda M. Snodgrass, is attached as an executive producer on the project, together with Gregory Noveck of RED, Slow Learner, and SyFy Films.
Hollywood can often be unpredictable, but Martin said he hopes to see Wild Cards on television within the next year or two. As for which stories and characters will make it to the small screen, he added, “You will be seeing Croyd Crenson, no matter shape the eventual show or shows ends up taking. It wouldn’t be Wild Cards without the Sleeper.”
Meanwhile, over at HBO, it’s been reported that the network is considering a Game of Thrones spin-off to air when the celebrated series wraps after Season 8. Martin has already expressed his interest in HBO adapting his Tales of Dunk and Egg prequel series, but the network has yet to make anything official.