George R.R. Martin news: werewolf novel 'The Skin Trade' being adapted for TV by Cinemax; Kalinda Vazquez tipped to write script


Fans of George R.R. Martin might see another adaptation of one of his works soon. Through his Live Journal blog, the author of the book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” announced that Cinemax, HBO’s sister company, has optioned the television rights to the novella “The Skin Trade.”

“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,” Martin added.

According to the author, “The Skin Trade” has had a rather complex history in terms of publishing. Originally written for “Night Visions 5,” the novella appeared in the annual horror anthology together with stories from famous authors Stephen King and Dan Simmons. Moreover, the novella won the World Fantasy Award when it was released in 1989.

The novella is about private detective Randi Wade who is investigating a series of gruesome murders in her town. When one of her friends gets targeted, Randi suddenly finds herself in the middle of an underworld where werewolves are very much real and preying on the living.

Martin credits Mike the Pike Productions in playing a vital role in introducing his novella to Cinemax. As for who will handle the adaptation from scripting the pilot to actual production, the author revealed that they tapped scriptwriter Kalinda Vazquez. Some of her previous works include “Once Upon a Time” and “Prison Break.”

“Cinemax and my agents set me up for meetings with close to a dozen different TV writers, many of them very impressive, but Kalinda’s take on the story and the characters blew me away. She loves the story and the world, and really seems to get Willie and Randi, and her pitch to Cinemax was one of the most polished and professional I’ve ever heard. I love her enthusiasm, and look forward to working with her,” the author further explained.

As for whether he will write or run the show himself, Martin wrote that he will not. “I have this book to finish. You know the one,” he added.