Thursday 27 October 2016

Good news for George R R Martin fans... the Game of Thrones author is bringing a new book to TV screens

Sasha Brady

Published 08/08/2016 | 07:44

George R. R. Martin, winner of the award for outstanding drama series for
George R. R. Martin, winner of the award for outstanding drama series for "Game of Thrones", poses in the press room at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

With the news that Game of Thrones is set to enter its last season in 2018, fans of George R R Martin can rejoice as the author announces he's bringing a new book series to TV screens.

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Martin announced on his Livejournal blog that Wild Cards, a science-fiction anthology co-edited by the authour, will be made for TV under a deal with Universal Cable Productions.

"Development will begin immediately on what we hope will be the first of several interlocking series," he wrote. "I cross my fingers that the Wild Cards will be coming to your home screens in the next year or two."

The book debuted in 1987 and offers an alternate history of a post-apocalyptic WWII when an alien virus spreads across earth and causes a series of deaths, crippling defects and for a very lucky few, super powers.

"Of those infected, 90 percent died horribly, drawing the black queen, 9 percent were twisted and deformed into jokers, while a lucky 1 percent became blessed with extraordinary and unpredictable powers and became aces. The world was never the same,” Martin writes.

The first book combines short stories and fake documentary interludes while later volumes flesh out the characters.

Martin won’t actually be working on the television adaptation because of his exclusive contract with HBO; instead, co-creator Melinda M Snodgrass, who has written for Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Outer Limits will be executive producing with Gregory Noveck.

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