George R.R. Martin mystery: Will ‘Skin Trade’ be next ‘Game of Thrones’?

With the massive success of “Game of Thrones,” which just set ratings and Emmy records, why has it taken so long for another of George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy works to make the move to television? Cinemax, sister station to HBO, the home of “Game of Thrones,” confirmed that it has ordered a screenplay of “Skin Trade,” Martin’s 1988 award-winning novella about a werewolf. 

The paycaster describes the plot thus: “Willie Flambeaux, a collections agent who happens to be a werewolf and his friend Randi Wade, a private investigator, discover a dark secret behind a series of grisly murders in their decaying industrial city.”

Kalinda Vazquez, who worked as an executive producer on “Once Upon a Time” after stints on “Nikita” and “Prison Break,” is handling the adaptation. As Martin wrote on his website, “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.” He admits, “I have always thought there was a TV series (or maybe a feature film) in Willie Flambeaux and Randi Wade.”

However, the author adds, “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.” Indeed, “Game of Throne” fans eagerly await the sixth in that series, “The Winds of Winter,” as the HBO series has used up much of the first five books already. 

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Photo: George R.R. Martin at the 2015 HBO Emmy party.
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