George R.R. Martin working on new series, Skin Trade

Skin TradeWhen not spinning tales of monarchs and dragons in Westeros, George R.R. Martin has also worked on a number of novels, short stories, and screenplays. A prolific writer,  he is now at work setting up a television adaptation of his critically-acclaimed werewolf novella, Skin Trade.

The project is currently being developed by Cinemax, according to Empire. Kalinda Vazquez (Prison Break, Once Upon a Time) will be co-writing and executive producing this project with Martin.

Skin Trade is a werewolf novella that was originally included in the 1989 horror fiction compilation, Dark Visions, which also included contributions from Stephen King and Dan Simmons. It also won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella in 1989. The story centers on Willie Flambeaux, a collections agent (and werewolf) who finds himself investigating a series of murders and somehow getting involved in a “dark secret”, along with a private detective named Randi Wade.

George-RR-MartinIn an article by Empire, Martin discussed the series:

“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…”

No doubt it will take even longer before we see much of Skin Trade, since Martin is also preoccupied with finishing the long-awaited follow-up novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. But it’s good to know that we can expect to see more of Martin’s other work gracing our screens in the future.