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George RR Martin’s “Wild Cards” books are coming to TV

The “Game of Thrones” author’s Wild Cards series are set in an alternate history where an alien virus in the 1940s gave superpowers to a tiny fraction of humanity. Martin worked on the books with Melinda Snodgrass and a team of about 30 collaborators, each writing individual stories in the larger universe.

I loved the first dozen or so volumes of the series, and I’m looking forward to the TV show.

Dalya Alberge at The Guardian:

It is a sprawling fantasy featuring deformed humans, superheroes who can read minds and fly, and plot lines exploring issues such as bigotry and raw political ambition. Like the blockbuster TV hit Game of Thrones, it is also based in part on the work of the cult fantasy writer George RR Martin.

Now Hollywood is betting that a major TV adaptation of Wild Cards, a series of science fiction books grounded in gritty realism that Martin began writing 30 years ago, can emulate the extraordinary worldwide success of the HBO show. If it does, it will fulfil the dreams of Martin’s collaborator on Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass, who has struggled in vain for 12 years to interest film and television producers.

The US writer and editor was praised by executives, only to be given excuses about why the books were not for them. She refused to be bowed by rejection and her determination has finally paid off. She is now heading an ambitious TV adaption of the series backed by Universal Pictures.

 

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I enjoyed it, which is more than I can say for much of the previous season.

Charlie Jane Anders is right: The greatest hero of the show is looking to be Brienne of Tarth. The kingdom would be in good shape if she ends up on the Iron Throne.

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Journalist Vanessa Golembewski noted that President Obama is the only person outside of HBO to have received an advanced copy of the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones” – a “screener,” in showbiz jargon. She filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy. Does her FoIA request have a shot?

Nope, says Kelly Hinchcliffe on Poynter.org…, after talking with legal experts. The White House is exempt from FoIA, as are trade secrets, and spoilers for GoT are arguably trade secrets.

Maybe Obama can be convinced to write up recaps for io9?

Golembewski’s article, earlier: Only Obama Gets Game Of Thrones Screeners, So I Filed An FOIA Request For Them