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Wild Cards Optioned for Film

Great news for Wild Cards fans! We have just closed a deal with SyFy Films, a brand new joint venture of Universal Pictures and the SyFy Channel, for film and television rights to the Wild Cards series of mosaic novels and shared world anthologies.

You can read all the details in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, here:

The plan is to begin with a Wild Cards feature film, for theatrical release. If that's successful, more features and a television series may follow.

Melinda Snodgrass will write the screenplay. Part of the series since the very start, Melinda has been my assistant editor on most volumes of Wild Cards, and is the creator of many of the series most popular and iconic characters, including Dr. Tachyon and Double Helix. Snod will also serve as an executive producer on the film, as will I.

Further details will need to wait until we're a little further along in development, but I think I speak for all the writers in the Wild Cards Consortium, both new and old, when I say that we're jazzed. We look forward to working with Gregory Noveck and his great team at SyFy Films, and to bringing some of your favorite Wild Cards characters to the screen.


Oct. 28th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)


I've been waiting for this announcement for YEARS.

Matthew Elmslie
Oct. 28th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
You can put me down for a ticket right now
I am there like Jack the Bear from Delaware.
Oct. 28th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
OMG so exciting!
Jack Ashcraft
Oct. 28th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Can't wait!
Oct. 28th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Both thrilled and bummed -- in that it will take more time away from aGoT. I don't want to find out the ending on teevee!
Oct. 28th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
That's some excellent news. Congrats to the whole Wild Cards consortium, and special props to Melinda for the screenplay gig!
Oct. 28th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Excellent news, and well deserved - congratulations to all of the excellent writers and editors of the Wild Cards series, and to Melinda for the screenplay - can't wait to see it in action. Great news!
Oct. 28th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, indeed!

I recall back in 2005 or 2006, the then-Sci-Fi channel had optioned the material for a two hour movie or something of the sort. I'm pretty sure Melinda was writing that one as well.

I know that you can't get too far into details, but is that screenplay going to serve as the basis for this film project, or is it a brand new story in the Wild Cards setting.
Oct. 28th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Man that is awesome. I love living in a time when something like this can be made and it will fantastic on the big screen.
Oct. 28th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait for the debut of "Jetboy vs. Sharktopus!"
Oct. 29th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Excellent! Congrats! Looking forward to seeing how this pans out.
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
That is awesome news Mr Martin. I can't wait to see Golden Boy and The Great and Powerful Turtle on screen! Is there going to be a Wildcards calender?
Oct. 29th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
Oh! So awesome. Congratulations to you all!
Oct. 29th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
SyFy? Makers of cringeworthy movies beyond compare? Could no better backer be found?

I seriously doubt those rejoicing have seen a SyFy Original Movie. Some books are better left untranslated into film than done badly.
Oct. 29th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: WHO?!
This is a completely different group of people from those who do the SyFy television movies. It's a whole new division, and a partnership with Universal, as I said above.
Oct. 30th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: WHO?!
Well, that's hope for something better, at least. I'll reserve judgment until I see their output. One wonders, given the track record, whether or not an entirely new name might have been better...
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Croyd fan here. Hope we get a lot of him in this :)
Oct. 29th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
As my screen-name can attest, I've been waiting for this news for like 20 years. As a teenager, I fantasized about producing, writing, directing, and starring in it, too. But now I'll be happy just to watch it. Hopefully this will be the same SciFi (I refuse to say SyFy) that brought us BSG, and not the one that brought us Mansquito.
Oct. 29th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds great, I'll definitely watch it.
Now if only someone would pick up Sandkings and Nightflyers(Again) I could die happy.
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
About time!!
Oct. 30th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. Having been present when you've spoken about Wild Cards, and seen the sheer joy and enthusiasm you have for the concept I can only imagine how excited you must be about this development. I hope it works out for you and all concerned.
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
If anyone can make them really do it, it's you.
Starting with Melinda is starting with very good news.
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
That is super exciting. If the movie market has ever been ready for the kind of ground that Wild Cards breaks, it's now.
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
I can't die yet, I haven't seen the Wild Cards Story!
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
SCi-Fi to SyFy
While I'm glad to hear that more of your projects will see the light of day in a visual format, I am really apprehensive about SyFy or whatever moniker it goes by these days...This is a wishy-washy network, which treats its series terribly!

I am sorry but the Sci-Fi Channel sucks big time! Its programming is terrible. Even when they have new shows that are really good, then they "pull a Fox" and leave the show in the dust...i.e. neglect it until it gets canceled...They did that to "Caprica" a wonderful show...a prequel to "Battlestar Galactica"...and that is just one of many!

I hope for the best but expect the worst...
Nov. 4th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
Wonderful! I so loved the books.
Howard Wilson II
Nov. 4th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Good news! Hopefully.
Just want to echo what has already been said. At first blush, this is good news and I can't even begin to tell you how long I've wanted this.

On the other hand, I wasn't even halfway through Jumper before I started thinking "I hope this gets made into a movie someday" and look how that turned out. And while I understand that this SyFy Films is supposed to be 'different people', I also understand that in any given 24 hour period, the SyFy Channel is lucky to get an average of one hour of Science Fiction. They may be different people, but in keeping that much-loathed, much-stained name, they're not really filling me with confidence.

I'm waiting to see the result before I make a final decision, but I will admit up front to a bias. Anything SyFy has touched so far has turned into complete and total crap. I would seriously reconsider the name if I were these guys.
Nov. 5th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Good news! Hopefully.
I think SyFy is trying to improve the brand. While I personally have no interest in wrestling, or Bride of Sharktopus, I remember when you had to beg your cable provider to carry SciFi and most of it was reruns and infomercials. Plus I've met Gregory and he's the real deal, a fan of all the same books we grew up with. No spoilers, but I'm very glad that Wild Cards was the first book series signed.
Howard Wilson II
Nov. 7th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Good news! Hopefully.
What's wrong with reruns? I would MUCH rather watch an episode of Lois and Clark than whatever latest ghost hunters or similar crap is on. I want to see Sliders, not Paranormal Fact or Fiction.

Now, to be fair, seeing some of the old reruns made me ask why I watched them in the first place (Seriously? Manimal? Why?) but even then, given a choice between Manimal and one of the many Super Snake River Danger movies...give me Manimal.

If SyFy wants to clean up the brand, the first step is obvious. Nobody likes that name. NOBODY. The second step is equally obvious. Pick a random time, and turn on the TV. Tune to SciFi, or SFC, or whatever they want to call themselves (except SyFy). What do you see? If it is wrestling, they have failed. If it is horror, they have failed. As I type this, Red Planet is on. Oh wow, actual science fiction! Next is The Fifth Element. Two in a row! After that is...three hours of Scare Tactics. Swing and a miss.

Some brands actually can't be repaired, and I think SyFy has reached that point. What do you think when you hear MTV? I can tell you what you DON'T think. Music. You know...KNOW...that if you turn on MTV right now there won't be music. If you turn on TLC you know for a rock solid fact you won't get educational programming. You can bet the rent on it. And if you turn on SyFy, there's a 99% chance you won't be turning on science fiction.

I'm not ranting off-topic, I'm very seriously trying to paint a picture of what the word SyFy means to me. I may be the only one who feels this way, but I doubt it. Bottom line, I hear Wild Cards, I think yay. I hear SyFy and I think 'crap'. I'm really hoping more of Wilds Cards rubs off on SyFy than vice versa. But I wouldn't worry for ONE SECOND if they would just pick a different name for the production company.
Nov. 7th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
If ANYONE else other than Syfy was doing this...
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards
I *just* finally started this series and I can't believe I waited so long, it's brilliant! I don't think I understood what it was about, if I'd realized I would have started reading it a long time ago. Congrats on the news!


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