"Game of Thrones" scribe Georger R.R. Martin announced over the weekend that his late '80s novella about werewolves, "The Skin Trade," has been "optioned" by Cinemax -- meaning the definitely-not-family-oriented sibling of HBO has ordered a script.
"The deal is closed, and Cinemax has ordered the pilot script," wrote Martin on his closely followed/read "Not a Blog."
He added a cautionary and probably obligatory note: "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."
But this being Hollywood, it's also inconceivable this will NOT go to pilot, then series. The Biz is in the midst of a product boom, and anything with the name "George R.R. Martin" appended is certain to rise about the noise and clutter.
Moreover, a seasoned Hollywood scribe with a solid track record in fantasy ("Once Upon a Time") AND high-concept-thriller ("Prison Break") has been hired to write the script. Her name is Kalinda Vazquez.
Per Martin, "That was not an easy choice. Cinemax and my agents set me up for meetings with close to a dozen different TV writers, many of them very impressive, but Kalinda's take on the story and the characters blew me away. She loves the story and the world, and really seems to get Willie and Randi, and her pitch to Cinemax was one of the most polished and professional I've ever heard."
Willie and Randi, by the way, refer to the detective protagonists; per the Amazon description of the 2014 graphic novel reissue, with illustrations by Mike Wolfer and adapted for the comics by Martin collaborator Daniel Abraham (who will also presumably be involved in the TV adaptation).
"Randi Wade is a survivor. She followed in the footsteps of her father, became a cop, and now is working the P.I. trade. But her past still haunts her. And the vicious animal attacks that took her father's life have sprung up anew, claiming victims once again in this sleepy town. Martin's unique creative voice spins a modern-day classic horror tale of murder, werewolves, and bladed demons ..."
Umm ..."bladed demons?"
Sounds like a fit for Cinemax!