Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s superhero anthology set for new TV series
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has announced his superhero anthology series, for which he serves as editor, is coming to television screens.
Writing on his livejournal blog, Martin announced that Universal Cable Productions had acquired the rights to adapt the series and development will commence immediately.
Wild Cards is a series of anthologies, mosaic novels and solo novels set in a shared world, over which Martin has presided as editor for twenty years. It is set in an alternative universe where an alien virus devastated the planet Earth shortly after the end of WW2. The virus killed the vast majority of mankind, with the remainders transformed into twisted and deformed jokers bar a special few who became blessed with superhuman powers. These are the Wild Cards.
Over the series’ twenty-year run, more than thirty prominent fantasy and science-fiction writers have contributed work to the series.
Martin describes the series as “as large and diverse and exciting as the comic book universes of Marvel and DC” but “somewhat grittier, and considerably more realistic and more consistent”.
Like Martin’s popular A Song Of Ice and Fire novels, which are the basis for the incredibly popular HBO hit series Game of Thrones, Wild Cards contains “an enormous cast of characters both major and minor” with “thousands of stories to be told in the world”.
A Song of Ice and Fire fans need not worry that Martin’s attentions will be diverted away from finishing the long-delayed sixth novel in the series The Winds of Winter, however, as Martin has confirmed he will play no role in the television production.