The world of television entertainment news today is saturated with Game of Thrones articles, many of them focusing on a casting addition to GoT’s dense season 6 cast. Naturally, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is often dragged into a lot of those articles. This time, Martin in the news for a topic that has nothing to do with Game of Thrones or even with the show’s source material, the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. This time, we are talking about Martin’s novella titled Skin Trade. Yes, George R. R. Martin has written numerous other works in addition to A Song of Ice and Fire in his career.
Variety reported that George R. R. Martin’s Skin Trade, Martin’s werewolf noir novella from the 80s is coming to the small screen. Cinemax has opted the television rights to the novella. For those that don’t know, Cinemax is owned by HBO, who has the rights of Martin’s other series a small one called Game of Thrones, you might have heard of it. The news of Skin Trade came about when George R. R. Martin posted about it on his blog on Saturday evening.
In his blog post Martin wrote: “I have always thought there was a TV series (or maybe a feature film) in Willie Flambeaux and Randi Wade”, referencing the characters. “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.”
Skin Trade was originally a part of Night Visions 5 and was very well received so it went on to being published by itself, and it won that year’s World Fantasy Award.
Kalinda Vazquez will be writing and producing the show. Vazquez is known for her writing for shows like Nikita, Once Upon a Time, and Prison Break. In his blog post, Martin states his reasoning for not writing it himself “And no, while I would have loved to write the script and run the show myself myself, that was never really in the cards. I have this book to finish. You know the one”.
Let’s hope this show gets picked up because it definitely sounds interesting enough.