“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has revealed that NBC Universal’s Universal Cable Productions (UCP) has acquired the rights to the long-running Wild Cards series. UCP programming can be seen across numerous networks and channels across the world, and includes: “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” on USA Network; “The Magicians,” “12 Monkeys” and “Killjoys” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals” on E!; and “Difficult People” on Hulu. Their credits also include “Monk,” “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.”
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.
George R.R. Martin describes the series as follows:
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. There are thousands of stories to be told in the world of the Wild Cards, and Gregory and Melinda and UPC hope to be able to tell many of them… 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.