News from GRRM’s blog (http://grrm.livejournal.com/496792.html) that the comic-book style series Wild Cards is to be adapted for television by Universal Cable Productions. Original Wild Cards contributor Melinda M. Snodgrass will be an executive producer on the project.
George and many other authors have been contributing to the series since 1986 (with first publication in 1987), making it the longest running shared world series to date. For those who are concerned that this will be yet another distraction from the Song of Ice and Fire series, George makes the following statement: “I won’t be working on the series myself… my own development deal is exclusive to HBO, and I am writing THE WINDS OF WINTER, as I believe most of you will recall…”
I’m pretty sure that this TV series will not have the global impact registered by Game of Thrones as it is a bit too American for some tastes, mine included. I never did warm to comic-book superheroes of the DC and Marvel type. Ironically, the first Wild Cards publication was a hardcover edition rather than comic-book format, but in 1990 EPIC Comics issued a series in comic-book format. Here is a sample cover:
It is also interesting to note that between 1993 and 1995 George and Melinda M. Snodgrass created a screenplay based upon Wild Cards for the now defunct Hollywood Pictures division of Walt Disney Studios – but it remained unproduced.