Monday, October 31, 2011

NEWS: Superhero Anthology Wild Cards Getting Big Screen Treatment

Fans of the shared-universe short story series, Wild Cards, will be pleased to hear that a big screen adaptation of the superhero anthology is currently in development.

Published in 1987, the first volume of Wild Cards begins in 1946, when an alien virus is unleashed upon the Earth. For most exposed to the virus it means death. Others are left physically deformed. But for a rare few the virus grants superhuman powers and abilities.

The Wild Cards series - currently consisting of 22 volumes - featured a variety of characters and contributors (including series co-creator and editor George R.R. Martin and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Melinda M. Snodgrass) but at the same time shared a common background and universe. Imagine a text-based version of something like Crisis On Infinite Earths or Civil War or NBC's Heroes (which was heavily influenced by Wild Cards) on a more epic scale and you'll get the idea. 

Now The Hollywood Reporter brings us the news that SyFy Films - the theatrical company formed between the TV channel and Universal Pictures - is developing a big screen treatment of the popular anthology series.

With a script being developed by series co-creator Snodgrass and Martin joining her as co-producer, the Wild Cards movie is still in the early stages of development, but Martin is hopeful that the big screen adaptation will prove to be a success.

"We hope this is the first of a long presence in film and perhaps even television down the line," said Martin.

We'll bring you more when we have it.

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