The author announced on his personal blog that the production company UCP has acquired the rights to Wild Cards, a comic book and novel series that Martin has been helping to edit since 1987.
It's not clear if the show could be the new obsession Game of Thrones fans are waiting for, as viewers can expect a wildly different fantasy universe from that of Westeros. The Wild Cards series is set in post-WWII America, after a deadly virus kills most of the population but leaves a small percentage of the survivors with superhuman abilities. The series spans a collection of 22 books, written by a bunch of different authors, but shares the central characters and ideas that Martin created.
"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," Martin wrote on his blog.
The author won't be able to work on the show directly because of his exclusivity contract with HBO, but his assistant editor Melinda Snodgrass—who's helped him work on the series—will be an executive producer on the project.
Martin estimates that the series should make its way to screens in the next year or two, but there's no telling if fans will latch on to it the way they have with all the nudity, dragons, incest, and bloodlust that Game of Thrones has offered.
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