Published Aug 08, 2016Novelist George R. R. Martin is perhaps best known for his series A Song of Fire and Ice — or, as it's called in the world of television, Game of Thrones. While that show is expected to come to an end after its eighth season, Martin has lined up another TV project for his written work.
Over on his Livejournal page (yes, George R. R. Martin still uses Livejournal), the author explained that the rights for his long-running Wild Cards series have now been sold to Universal Cable Productions.
Since he has an exclusive development deal with HBO, however, Martin won't be working on the show directly. That said, the show will be executive produced by his Wild Cards co-writer Melinda M. Snodgrass. Rumours of the show coming to TV have long been floating around over the last several years.
Wild Cards follows an alternate world history where an alien virus is unleashed on Earth after World War II, transforming humans into either superheroes (a.k.a. Aces) or unfortunate mutant (a.k.a. Jokers). The series contains a selection of shared universe anthologies, mosaic novels and solo novels, with a large pool of writers contributing to the series over the years. And while Martin only actually wrote some of the actual stories, he served its editor, along with Snodgrass.
"So there it is. I hope you're as excited as I am," Martin wrote. "Of course, Hollywood is Hollywood, and nothing is ever certain in development... but I think I hope I cross my fingers that the Wild Cards will be coming to your home screens in the next year or two."
Stay tuned for more information on Wild Cards as it becomes available.