George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series may be a huge hit in both the literary and the television worlds, but it’s far from his only work. Martin also served as an editor on a collaborative book series called Wild Cards. Set in a post-World War II alternate universe, Wild Cards is an anthology of tales about people who have been infected with a virus that either inflicts them with crippling conditions or turns them into super-powered heroes. These people are known as Jokers and Aces, respectively. The series has been in production since 1986 with 22 volumes currently available, and a 23rd on the way this month.
In addition to the books, Wild Cards also has graphic novels and games. The series offers dozens of characters, both hero and villain alike, making it an ideal candidate for a television series. Universal Cable Productions is doing just that in developing a TV adaptation. Wild Cards‘ assistant editor Melinda M. Snodgrass will be executive producing alongside Gregory Noveck of RED, Slow Learner, and SyFy Films. UCP is the company behind the shows Mr. Robot, Monk, Psych, and The Magicians.
The production is still in the very early stages of development, so it’s too early to predict exactly where the show is going. Martin stated that he will not be involved in the production because he has an exclusive deal with HBO and he’s still trying to complete that silly little The Winds of Winter book. For more details, check out Martin’s posting about the series’ announcement.
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