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Wild Cards movie coming

The good news is that the shared universe multi-author ongoing masterpiece Wild Cards is going to be made into a film of some flavor, and original authors George R. R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass are both involved. In fact, Melinda Snodgrass will be writing the screenplay for the production, according to the Hollywood Reporter. I would be a bit concerned about this since the project belongs to the Syfy Channel, who has made consistently excellent miniseries and consistently dreadful TV Movies. But this is the very first project for the new Syfy Films (a new joint venture between Syfy and Universal Pictures), so there is hope this could be treated as it deserves. If you are not familiar with the series, do yourself a favor and go out and buy the first 10 books in the series now, and read them in one non-stop marathon. The story opens not long after WWII, when an alien spaceship comes to use a biologic weapon to eradicate the human race, but is engaged in aerial combat by Jetboy, who defeats them to the point where only a single bomb goes off. That bomb impacts on New York City, where the virus kills 99% of everyone it touches. Of those who survive, 99% have bizarre physical and mental modifications, sometimes with a power to counteract their loss: the Jokers. The one percent of one percent who are left are the Aces, blessed with superhuman powers. This series has been going on since its inception in 1987, with some of the best science fiction authors on the planet contributing characters and stories. It treats its superheroes and villains even more like real people than the graphic novels do, although there are graphic novel versions available as well. I can’t wait to see how they do with this one!

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