New Television Series Coming From “Game of Thrones” Writer George R.R. Martin


George R.R. Martin

The popular HBO series Game of Thrones is coming to an end, but author gave solace to fans in a livejournal post where he revealed that the rights to his book series , has been sold to Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Martin will not have any involvement with the series, as he has an exclusive deal with HBO and is also writing the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire, titled The Winds of Winter, but his co-editor on Wild Cards, Melinda M. Snodgrass, is set to executive produce.

Martin is not the only author of the series which is set in an alternate history post-World War II — rather, he is an editor and one of 30 authors who have contributed to the anthologies, mosaic novels, and solo novels.

In the series, the Wild Card alien virus breaks out after WWII and it offers three possible outcomes for humans: death (the black queen), mutations and crippling physical conditions (jokers), or superhuman abilities (aces). 22 books have been released in the series, under four publishers, with the first, Wild Cards, being published in January 1987.

Gregory Noveck will develop the series alongside Snodgrass, Martin wrote, giving them both his blessing: “Melinda M. Snodgrass, my assistant editor and right-hand man on Wild Cards since its inception, the creator of Dr. Tachyon, Double Helix, and Franny Black, and a seasoned television writer/ producer whose credits includeStar Trek: The Next Generation (“Measure of a Man”), Reasonable Doubts, The Profiler, and Star Command, is attached as an executive producer on the project, together with Gregory Noveck of RED, Slow Learner, and SyFy Films.”

Martin also revealed that UCP is planning to start immediately and that the new Wild Cards television series could premiere as soon as a year or two. Their other series include the likes of the critically acclaimed Mr. Robot, Suits, and Colony. It was also recently announced UCP is adapting the novel Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves.

Given the series has many different characters and plots, it is not known yet which will be adapted for . However, Martin wrote that “it wouldn’t be Wild Cards without the Sleeper,” a character by the name of Croyd Crenson, who transforms every time he sleeps and wakes up with different abilities, sometimes as an ace and sometimes as a joker.

Martin is the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series that HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on. He is repped by and .

Snodgrass is repped by and .

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