With the final installment of “Game of Thrones” set for 2018, George R.R. Martin unveiled plans for a new TV series. The Los Angeles Times reports that “Wild Cards,” based on an anthology and novel series edited by Martin that launched way back in 1986, is on track to make its TV debut in the next two years.
On his blog, Martin wrote: “’Wild Cards’ is a series of books, graphic novels, games … but most of all it is a universe, 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), with an enormous cast of characters both major and minor.”
The Times notes that the series is “set in an alternate-history version of the United States in which an alien virus hits Manhattan in 1946 and spreads across the world.”
Martin adds on his blog: “Of those infected, 90% died horribly, drawing the black queen. 9% were twisted and deformed into jokers, while a lucky 1% became blessed with extraordinary and unpredictable powers and became aces. The world was never the same.”
NBCUniversal’s Universal Cable Productions will produce the TV series.
“Melinda M. Snodgrass, Martin’s assistant editor and a book and television writer, is an executive producer of the project along with Gregory Noveck of Red, Slow Learner and SyFy Films,” the report notes.