George R.R. Martin's side project, Wild Cards, is finally making its way to our TV screens.
The series of novels is set during an alternate history of post-World War II United States, where an airborne alien virus has been released over New York City, infecting and killing 90% of the earth's population. 9% of the remaining survivors are mutated and deformed by the virus, while 1% gain spectacular powers.
Due to his exclusive partnership with HBO, George R.R. Martin will not be involved in the project. Instead, Martin's assistant editor Melinda Snodgrass and Gregory Novack will be executive producing.
Martin describes the project as "a series of interlocking 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".
The first volume in the series was published in 1986, with 22 volumes released to date. No news yet on when the series is set to start production.