Riding the wave from Game of Thrones, the entire George R.R. Martin catalog is a hot commodity these days. The latest project to wander out from the ether? Martin’s 1989 novella The Skin Trade.
Cinemax has placed a pilot script order for a TV series based on the story, which Martin describes as a “werewolf noir.” According to Deadline, the story will focus on Willie Flambeaux, "a collections agent who happens to be a werewolf, and his friend, Randi Wade, a private investigator, who discover a dark secret behind a series of grisly murders in their decaying industrial city."
Here’s an excerpt from Martin’s announcement on his blog:
“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.
Which would be very cool. 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 LA for a round of pitch meetings. So we're a few decades late... “
Along with several reprints over the years, The Skin Trade was most recently turned into a comic book by Avatar Press (with Martin on co-writing duties) in 2013. This seems like a project that’s been near and dear to Martin's heart for decades, so it’s nice to see it finally coming to fruition.
What do you think? Would you tune in for The Skin Trade?