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George R.R. Martin’s ‘Wild Cards’ Superheroes Series May Be Headed to TV

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It was recently confirmed that “Game of Thrones” will end after its eighth season, but that doesn’t mean that George R.R. Martin is done with TV. On Saturday, the author announced via his LiveJournal (where else?)  that Universal Cable Productions (UCP) has acquired the rights to “Wild Cards,” a series of “anthologies and mosaic “novels” that Martin edits.

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In his journal entry, GRRM describes the series thusly: “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.” Twenty-two volumes of the series have been published since it first debuted in 1986.

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UCP will have a lot of material to draw from and adapt, though Martin notes that it’s “hard to say at this early stage” which of them will make the transition from page to screen — with one exception. “Only one thing I can say for (almost) sure. You will be seeing Croyd Crenson, no matter [what] shape the eventual show or shows ends up taking. It wouldn’t be Wild Cards without the Sleeper.” UCP’s other works include “Mr. Robot,” “Difficult People” and “Battlestar Galactica.”

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