Cinemax orders pilot script for George R.R. Martin’s “The Skin Trade”

A. Quinton — Oct. 11th 2015

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A tip from @Howlitzer and a sudden influx of visitors to my 2013 info-dump post have alerted me to what the rest of the Internet already seems to know: George R.R. Martin’s werewolf novella The Skin Trade might become a TV show. The news was posted by Martin himself on his site yesterday afternoon.

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.

The pilot script is being written by Kalinda Vazquez, a writer and producer whose previous work includes Prison Break, Nikita and Once Upon A Time. Martin seems very pleased to have her on board:

She loves the story and the world… 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.

This is great news, and I hope the show survives the insanity of the pre-production gauntlet. If you haven’t read the novella, check out this post for more detail on the story, and where to get a copy.