Does George R.R. Martin have another binge-watch show on his hands? NBC Universal are betting on it, as they've commissioned a TV series of his 22-novel sci-fi meets superheroes series Wild Cards for development. George R.R. Martin announced the news on his blog just a few days ago. Never heard of Wild Cards? Don't worry, admittedly, neither have we. But if you're a fan of the Avengers film series and the recent Suicide Squad, then you're going to love it.
Wild Cards is set in a post-WWII alternate universe where a virus has spread across earth, splitting people into different categories, such as jokers and aces. George R.R. Martin, who co-edits the long-running series with Melinda Snodgrass, sums it here better himself:
"The shared world of the Wild Cards diverged from our own on September 15, 1946 when an alien virus was released in the skies over Manhattan, and spread across an unsuspecting Earth. 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."
He also compares it to the Marvel and DV universes, "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."
Development is set to begin immediately. If it's anything like Game of Thrones, the commitment to character and plot detail will be impressive, so long as NBC get the adaptation right. We can't wait.