Universal Cable Productions is filming the Wild Cards book series, co-written by George RR Martin and other writers.
According to Martin, Wild Cards will be the basis for several related series. The writer himself will not be involved in the film adaptation due to contractual obligations to HBO. The new project is executive produced by Melinda Snodgrass, Martin's assistant, who has worked on Wild Cards since the book's launch and has proven herself in television projects such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Beyond the Possible.
Wild Cards made George RR Martin famous long before Game of Thrones - the first novel in the series won the Hugo Prize, a prestigious award for science fiction literature. The cycle, which began to be published in 1986, already has 22 volumes, the 23rd is being prepared for release.
The action of "Wild Cards" takes place in the world after the disaster - according to the plot, in 1946 an alien virus entered the sky over Manhattan and spread throughout the Earth, which led to the extinction of 90% of the planet's population. Most of the survivors became "jokers", and 1% mutated and acquired superhuman abilities, turning into "aces".