George R.R. Martin’s ‘Wild Cards’ Is Coming To The Big Screen!

Edited 10/29/11

While it’s great to see George R.R. Martin, and his superlative writing, finally getting some attention with HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” though when I thought about which of his books that I would like to see as a movie, that particular series wasn’t my first choice.

That would have been “Wild Cards” (and possibly “Fevre Dream,” which is a take on vampires that is as anti-Twilight as you can get).  The series revolves around ordinary people that get superpowers from an alien virus.  What made the series most interesting was that it took the history of the time–like the Kennedy assassination, for example–and works in super beings.

The series was an anthology, so while Martin did write some of the stories, he served primarily as editor.

Syfy and Universal are developing a movie based upon the books, and while I am jazzed that it is coming to the big screen, I am worried that Syfy is involved because they are not exactly known for quality productions.

By the way, I forgot to mention that “Wild Cards” was serialized in comic form by Epic Comics (an imprint of Marvel) sometime in the ’80’s, if recollection serves.

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2 thoughts on “George R.R. Martin’s ‘Wild Cards’ Is Coming To The Big Screen!

  1. It would be great if the movie was a pilot for a miniseries. . . there’s way too much in Wild Cards to cram into one movie.

    and Fevre Dream would have made a great movie!

    • Sequels, baby, sequels! You’re right about “Wild Cards” being a very dense property for a movie, but–and this is just speculation–what if you’re talking about a series of films? If the first one does well, you know that there will be a second, so they can tell the stories (of course, some will have to be edited; nothing unusual there) in an almost Harry Potter-like fashion.

      It would be a daunting task, but as long as they get the talent behind the camera–I would vote for either Peter Medak or Ernest Dickerson to direct–then it would be a game worth playing!

      And “Fevre Dream” would be an awesome movie, though whoever handles it can’t be afraid of liberally using the red stuff.

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