Another Show Based On George R. R. Martin Books Is Coming To TV

If you’re worrying about what to do with your life once Game of Thrones ends, worry no longer. Another George R. R. Martin book series is coming to a TV screen near you. Martin announced the news Saturday in a LiveJournal post, revealing that a) Wild Cards has been optioned for TV by Universal Cable Productions, the producers of sci-fi/fantasy dramas such as Mr. Robot and The Magicians and b) people are still using LiveJournal in 2016.

Unlike A Song of Ice and Fire, the still-unfinished book series on which Game of Thrones is based, the Wild Cards series isn’t solely written by Martin. Instead, the books are written by multiple authors but edited by Martin and his co-editor, Melinda M. Snodgrass, sort of like content curation for a shared universe.

As for what the books are about… I’ll let Martin tell you, although it might not make a huge amount of sense. From his LiveJournal: “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.”

Wait, does Martin know there are two black queens in a deck of cards?

Wild Cards
CREDIT: George R. R. Martin/LiveJournal

Martin won’t be directly involved with the show, leaving Snodgrass and producer Gregory Noveck in charge of getting it from acquisition to production. Hopefully this will give him some time to finish A Song of Ice and Fire already.

The lack of any timescale for the conclusion of ASOIAF (as many fans call it) has become something of a running joke. There’s a blog called “Finish the Book, George” urging him to finish book six of ASOIAF; the last post went up more than four years ago, and he still hasn’t finished the book between then and now. Even major mainstream publications are trying to figure out what it’ll take for him to finish the damn books, with Esquire suggesting that he could finish them by 2023 if he just sat down and wrote a few pages every day.

Luckily for Wild Cards, its shared universe setup means that other authors can come in to make sure stories get finished. Let’s just hope the adaptation follows through and actually gets to the screen; Martin’s fans have spent enough time waiting for things to happen.