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George R.R. Martin Developing ‘Skin Trade’ Adaptation at Cinemax

Another one of George R.R. Martin’s books could be headed to the small screen.

Cinemax has optioned the television rights to Martin’s 1989 book “Skin Trade” and has ordered a pilot script, the “Game of Thrones” author announced on his blog Saturday evening. Martin with exec produce the adaptation of his “werewolf noir.”

“I have always thought there was a TV series (or maybe a feature film) in Willie Flambeaux and Randi Wade,” he wrote, referencing the book’s 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.”

Kalinda Vazquez, whose credits include “Prison Break” and “Once Upon a Time,” has been tapped to write the pilot and produce the show. Martin notes that he would have written the pilot himself, but has to complete the next “Game of Thrones” book. Mike the Pike Productions acquired rights to the novel several years ago.

In his post, Martin recounts the book’s history, writing that it was originally penned for horror anthology installment “Dark Vision 5,” which also included contributions from Dan Simmons and Stephen King. “Skin Trade” would go on to win the World Fantasy Award, and was later reprinted several times after.

It should be little surprise that Cinemax, which is owned by HBO, is interested in bringing a Martin work to the screen. His “Game Of Thrones” continues to break records for HBO, and recently took home a whopping 12 awards at last month’s Emmys.

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