Collections Agent By Day, Werewolf By Night: George R.R. Martin's Novella May Become TV Series


And just like that, "Game of Thrones" fans may have another show to obsess over.

George R.R. Martin announced in his blog that Cinemax has recently optioned the rights to his novella, "The Skin Trade." The story was featured way back 1989 in the fifth volume of the famed horror anthology "Night Vision 5" and appeared with original contributions from authors Dan Simmons and Stephen King. Martin, in his blog, recalled that he had been trying to sell a TV show for "Skin Trade" since 1991.

Well, good things really do happen to those who wait. It also helps to have a hit fantasy drama TV series.

Though Cinemax has already ordered a pilot script for "Skin Trade," fans might want to hold their breath a little bit longer, though, as there are no definite plans for the series yet.

"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 wrote in his blog.

"Skin Trade" draws into the life of Willie Flambeaux, a collections agent by day, werewolf by night. Mike the Pike Productions, who bought the novella, is responsible for taking the show to Cinemax. Kalinda Vasquez ("Prison Break" and "Once Upon a Time") is tasked to handle the adaptation, write the pilot episode and produce the show, if ever they receive a green light from Cinemax. Both Vasquez and Martin are represented by WME Ventures.

"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," Martin hinted. ("Game of Thrones" fan will know. If you still have no idea, you can read about it here.)

Martin's advice for fans who want "Skin Trade" to push through: "Howl for it."

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