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George R.R. Martin's superhero series Wild Cards being developed for television

With Game Of Thrones ending after its shorter seventh and eighth seasons, another George R.R. Martin series is being adapted for television; superhero anthology series Wild Cards. The author confirmed on his blog that the rights to the series have been picked up by Universal Cable Productions, with either The USA Network or Syfy likely to air.

The anthology series covers over 20 books of short stories and shared universe novels, edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass. The stories are based on the idea that an alien virus was released on an unsuspecting Earth in 1946, killing 90% of the world's population, twisting 9% into jokers, and blessing the other 1% with extraordinary and unpredictable powers to become aces.

As to which of the numerous stories and characters will be adapted for the screen, Martin muses...

"Which stories will be adapted? Which characters will be featured? Hard to say at this early stage. Let's see... we have Jetboy, the Four Aces, Dr. Tachyon, the Great and Powerful Turtle, Modular Man, Yeoman, Wraith, Cap'n Trips, Fortunato, Puppetman, Chrysalis, Popinjay, the Oddity, Father Squid, Water Lily, Sewer Jack, Bagabond, Peregrine, Carnifex, Infamous Black Tongue, Bugsy, Curveball, Earth Witch, Cameo, Elephant Girl, Demise, Ramshead, Mackie Messer, Mr. Nobody, Double Helix, the Amazing Bubbles, Stuntman, Rustbelt, Lohengrin, Hoodoo Mama, Drummer Boy, Abigail the Understudy, the Midnight Angel, and many many MANY more...Only one thing I can say for (almost) sure. You will be seeing Croyd Crenson, no matter shape the eventual show or shows ends up taking. It wouldn't be Wild Cards without the Sleeper." -

Martin also notes that he will not be working on the series himself, having a development deal exclusively with HBO and of course the latest A Song of Ice and Fire novel The Winds Of Winter to complete...

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