One of the biggest shows to hit television in the last few years is on its way to wrapping up its epic run. The ending of the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones is finally within sight, so it makes sense to fill the gap with another series from the mind of author George R.R. Martin. The adaptation of another Martin series of novels is in the works, this time centered around the adventures of a huge cast of superheroes.
Confirmed by Martin himself on his personal blog, the author reveals that Universal Cable Productions has acquired the rights to his superhero anthology series, Wild Cards. UCP is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and is responsible for making such shows as The Magicians, Mr. Robot, 12 Monkeys, and Colony (a pretty good track record). Martin, however, will not be involved with the series due his exclusive development deal with HBO. Instead, Melinda Snodgrass, the co-creator of Wild Cards, will serve as an executive producer if the project moves forward.
Wild Cards is a superhero anthology series of books and graphic novels set in a fictional universe created by Martin and Snodgrass in 1987. The story takes place in an alternate history of Earth, in which a virus was released after World War II that had drastic effects on humanity. 90% died horribly from exposure, 9% got physically crippled (labeled Jokers), and 1% acquired amazing superhuman abilities and were dubbed Aces. Obviously, only one of those outcomes is good. Dozens of authors have written different entries in the series, with Martin serving as the editor. Similar to Game of Thrones, there is no one main character, as Wild Cards follows the separate stories of tons of characters. There are over twenty anthologies in the series, with the twenty-third set to debut later this month.
Martin said that UCP is currently figuring out which characters will appear in the potential project, but there certainly isn't any shortage to choose from. There's a wealth of material contributed by multiple authors, which should offer up plenty of potential. With Game of Thrones soon resolving and the boom of superheroes not ending anytime soon, now seems like as good a time as any for Wild Cards. No one is going to be quick to turn their head away from a superhero series from the guy who re-popularized fantasy for a modern audience.
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