By now most of you… well, those of you who visit other areas of the internet beyond my Not A Blog… will already have heard the news: Wild Cards is coming to Hulu. And not just with a single show, either. We are developing two pilots to start with, but the eventual dream is to have three, four, five, six… many… series out there streaming. As long time fans know, Wild Cards is not just a series story, but rather a world, a whole universe, with a half century of history, hundreds of stories, thousands of characters.
I am late to the party as far as announcing this, I know. (What can I say? I’m busy). So let me link to just a few of the news stories that broke yesterday when Hulu and UCP went public.
Andrew Miller will be scripting the pilot(s) for Hulu, and will serve as showrunner for the series. A huge fan of comic books and supers in general, and Wild Cards in particular, Andrew has been living and breathing Wild Cards for the past few months, and devouring the books one after another.
Melinda M. Snodgrass, a founding member of the Wild Cards Consortium and my assistant editor on the series since the very beginning, will also be an executive producer and part of the writing staff that is being assembled even now. Melinda, of course, is no stranger to television, having been a writer/ producer on THE PROFILER, REASONABLE DOUBTS, and (of course) STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, where she wrote the classic episode “Measure of the Man.” In the Wild Cards universe, she is best known as the creator of Dr. Tachyon, Noel Matthews the Double Helix, Franny Black, and Dr. Finn.
I will be an executive producer on the show(s) as well, though my on-going exclusive deal with HBO and the various book deadlines will preclude me from having any sort of day-to-day involvement. But with Andrew and Melinda on board (and possibly more Wild Carders as well), Hulu will a great team.
Our dream is to bring you the best “supers” show (not really superheroes per se, Wild Cards fans know that our characters are not much inclined to dress up in spandex to fight crime) in the history of television.
(You have to dream big, or what’s the point?)
These are early days, so there’s still a lot to be done, but watch this space and we’ll keep you informed. It ought to be a wild ride.