Cinemax is working with the author of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” on a project about werewolves. EW.com reports that the pay-cable net ordered a script for a pilot based on George R.R. Martin’s novella “The Skin Trade.”
“Kalinda Vazquez (co-executive producer of ‘Once Upon a Time’) will adapt Martin’s work, which focuses on a young detective investigating a string of brutal murders in her small town (the victims are skinned),” EW reports. “Martin wrote ‘The Skin Trade’ in the 1980s, and it was first published alongside work by Stephen King and Dan Simmons in the horror anthology ‘Night Visions 5.'”
Martin commented on the new project on his blog, referencing the novella’s main characters when he wrote: “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 L.A. for a round of pitch meetings. So we’re a few decades late…”
Martin continues work on the sixth “Game of Thrones” book, citing that project as a reason he won’t be doing the “Skin Trade” adaptation himself.