Although ‘Game Of Thrones’ has two more years before it ends. George R.R. Martin is being proactive in making sure his name remains closely connected to television. Over weekend the writer revealed that he has optioned his comic book anthology ‘Wild Cards’ for television.
The series of books begins in 1946 “when an alien virus was released in the skies over Manhattan, and spread across an unsuspecting Earth. Of those infected, 90 percent died horribly, drawing the black queen, nine percent were twisted and deformed into jokers, while a lucky one percent became blessed with extraordinary and unpredictable powers and became aces. The world was never the same.”
Martin who has a development deal with HBO will not have any direct involvement in adapting the books for television. That job goes to Melinda M. Snodgrass, whose TV writing credits include ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, ‘Outer Limits’ and ‘Profiler’. She will spearhead the project alongside Gregory Noveck and serve as an executive producer.
Thus far 22 ‘Wild Cards’ books have been published since the series began back in 1987. Each released comprised of short stories by various authors that tie into the overall narrative. The universe, as Martin describes it, is “as large and diverse and exciting as the comic book universes of Marvel and DC (though somewhat grittier, and considerably more realistic and more consistent).” (#Burn!) A 23rd volume, High Stakes, is scheduled for release later this month.
One thing is certain. If HBO do as good a job of adapting ‘Wild Cards’ for television as they did with ‘Game Of Thrones’. They could well find themselves onto another winner. Added to which with this being an anthology. It be interesting to see how it works out. Especially given that older Anthology properties such as ‘Twilight Zone’ and ‘Outer Limits’ no longer seem to have the pull that they used to.
(Via TV Line)