George RR Martin Bringing Multiple Wild Cards Shows To Hulu

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 15, 2018

He has a hotly anticipated book on the horizon, an even more hotly anticipated book on the horizon beyond that one, a TV adaption of his novella NightFlyers coming on Syfy, and the final season of Game of Thrones hitting the airwaves in April. And with two planned shows, Hulu is doing more than most; THR even invokes the dreaded phrase "shared universe", which exhausts me whenever I hear it.

I am told that Wild Cards is about an alien virus which kills off 90% of the world's population sometime in an alternate version of the 1940's. Martin is also an executive producer and writer on the multiple Game of Thrones projects now in the works at HBO. Those who survived might have wished that they hadn't, as some of them developed bad physical deformities.

The virus itself is called the "Wild Card Virus", because it is passed down over generations and can pop up at any time, sometimes triggered by traumatic events. Effects that are largely a manifestation of the victim's emotional state, making them vulnerable to reverence or ridicule on a deeply personal level. Martin, co-editor Melinda Snodgrass, and Vince Gerardis would executive produce.

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The first Wild Cards books were released in 1987, and the series has continued on since, with over 40 authors and two dozen published books to the franchise's name. The latest books, Low Chicago and Texas Hold 'Em, both came out this year.

Hulu reportedly plans to open a writers room for two shows set in the universe, and Martin has already signed on to become an executive producer.

Martin is best known for writing the "Song of Ice and Fire" novels, on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based. Martin may be having trouble putting pen to paper, but he's having no issue putting adaptations to the small screen.

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