Wild Cards: George R.R. Martin’s Series Adaptation Moving From Hulu to Peacock
The series adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s book series Wild Cards is officially moving from Hulu to Peacock, according to Variety. It was announced in 2018 that the project would be heading to Hulu with Andrew Miller previously attached as writer and executive producer. Miller is reportedly no longer involved with the adaptation and a search is ongoing for a new writer.
The original plan was for Hulu to develop two shows set within the Wild Cards universe. No further details have yet been released about what Peacock’s vision for the long-in-development project will be.
In the series, an alien pathogen known as the Wild Card virus is released over Manhattan in 1946, altering the course of human history. The virus rewrites DNA, mutating its survivors. A lucky few are granted awe-inspiring superpowers, while the sad majority are left with often repulsive physical deformities.
Martin is executive producing the project along with Melinda Snodgrass and Vince Gerardis, Martin’s manager. Martin and Snodgrass edit the Wild Card book series.
Martin previously described 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 UCP 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.”
The first volume of the Wild Cards series was published in 1987, and was a finalist for that year’s Hugo Award, ultimately losing to Alan Moore’s Watchmen. Translations and reprints of many of the Wild Cards books and stories have been published around the globe, in France, Germany, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Russia, Japan, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Comic books, graphic novels, and role-playing games have also chronicled the adventures of the aces and jokers of the WC universe. Over 40 authors contributed to the series when the books were first released. The most recent entry in the series, Knaves Over Queens, was released earlier in 2019. The original idea behind the books came from Martin’s experience as a gamemaster in the RPG Superworld.
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