Cinemax has acquired the rights to ‘The Skin Trade’, an offbeat werewolf noir novella by ASOIAF author George R.R.Martin. Created by Kalinda Vazquez (Once Upon a Time), the TV drama (titled ‘Skin Trade’) will center on a werewolf collection agent (Willie Flambeaux) and his friend – a private investigator (Randi Wade). Together they discover a dark secret behind a series of murders in their decaying industrial city.
Martin wrote this on his blog last night:
“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…”
The Skin Trade is part of Dark Visions, a 1989 horror fiction compilation, with three short stories by Stephen King, three by Dan Simmons, and one by George R. R. Martin. He added:
“It was originally written for Night Vision 5, the fifth volume of the prestigious annual horror anthology from the late lamented small press Dark Harvest, where it appeared together with original contributions from Dan Simmons and Stephen King, some stellar company. The novella was very well received, and went on to win that year’s World Fantasy Award.”