It should come as no surprise that another of George R.R. Martin‘s works is getting the premium cable network series treatment. Fans will be glad to know that Martin will not be handling the scripting duties for the new Cinemax series, The Skin Trade, instead Kalinda Vazquez (Prison Break, Once Upon A Time) will write the pilot and produce the show. What’s the series about?
From the comic book cover above you can see it involves werewolves, but let’s let Martin explain it in his announcement from his old school LiveJournal website Not A Blog:
I am very excited to announce the Cinemax (HBO’s sister company) has optioned the television rights to “The Skin Trade,” the offbeat “werewolf noir” novella I penned back in the late 80s. The deal is closed, and Cinemax has ordered the pilot script. This being Hollywood, of course, you never know where things will end… but if they like the script, we’ll shoot a pilot, and if they like that, hey, who knows, maybe we’ll get a series on the air.
Which would be very cool. I have always thought there was a TV series (or maybe a feature film) in Willie Flambeaux and Randi Wade. Those of you who know the story of DOORWAYS, my ill-fated ABC pilot from the early 90s, may even recall that it was SKIN TRADE that I was actually trying to sell back in 1991, when I flew out to LA for a round of pitch meetings. So we’re a few decades late…
“The Skin Trade” has had a storied, and complex, publishing history. It was originally written for NIGHT VISION 5, the fifth volume of the prestigious annual horror anthology from the late lamented small press Dark Harvest, where it appeared together with original contributions from Dan Simmons and Stephen King, some stellar company. The novella was very well received, and went on to win that year’s World Fantasy Award.
OK, he really didn’t go into what the series would be about did he? I guess his boiled down explanation of “Werewolf Noir” is pretty accurate though as I found this synopsis:
When a string of grotesque killings begins to strike her small city, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. A serial killer is taking the skin of its victims and the grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father’s death almost twenty years ago. As the police hit a dead-end, Randi goes on a search for answers of her own… But when a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark underworld where monsters exist and prey on the living.
The Skin Trade was originally published in Night Visions 5 and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella in 1989.
There was also four issue comic book series in 2013 from Avatar Press written by Martin and Daniel Abraham with art by Mike Wolfer (Yeah, kinda ironic artist name huh?)
We’ll have to see how the pilot goes. At least fans of Game of Thrones won’t be bellyaching about him taking any time to work on this new series instead of finishing his GOT books…
Via: Not a Blog