Fans of the hit HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones, based on the book by George R.R. Martin, are getting a new cinematic treat. Wild Cards, also written by Martin, has caught the attention of SyFy Films.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The theatrical division of SyFy, which was a joint venture with Universal Pictures, had acquired the screen rights to the series that was co-written and edited by Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass.
Wild Cards is an anthology about different superheroes set in a shared universe. Within the universe, an alien virus has spread over New York City causing those living there to be transformed into either the human classes of Jokers or (very rarely) Aces. Jokers are mostly deformed creatures, while Aces are those who have special powers.
The book series is written by several contributing writers, each with their own skill. Martin stated:
“One of the things we have going is the sense of history, the comics in the mainstream are doing retcons [retroactive continuity] all the time. [Heroes] get married, then one day, the publisher changes his mind, and then they’re no longer married. To my mind, it’s very frustrating. [Our stories] are in real time. It’s a world that is changing in parallel to our own.”
Snodgrass is said to have been asked to write the screenplay for the project and will also serve as executive producer along with Martin.
This will be SyFy’s Films first acquisition.