Streaming service, Hulu, is set to adapt Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin’s “Wild Cards.” Its based on a series of novels set in the present that explores the aftermath of an alien virus (dubbed the “Wild Card” virus), released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90 percent of those it infected.
In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop superhuman powers instead. Called the Wild Card virus, it has passed down through generations and can go undetected until suddenly activated by a traumatic event — at which point the carrier is either killed, mutated or granted god-like powers.
Martin will executive produce along with Melinda Snodgrass, who co-edited the books with Martin, and Vince Gerardis. The “Wilds Cards” books were first released beginning in 1987, with more than 40 different authors have contributed to more than two dozen books. The series is a shared universe of anthologies, mosaic novels and stand-alone stories that are edited by Martin and Snodgrass.
Martin also executive produces UCP’s “Nightflyers,” which is based on his novellas and airs on Syfy.