There could be another “Game of Thrones” on the horizon, because author George R.R. Martin announced via his charmingly Internet-retro Live Journal that his novella “The Skin Trade” was just optioned by Cinemax. While Cinemax doesn’t have the same prestigious reputation as HBO, the network is clearly making a play for “Thrones” fans.
But Cinemax has not betrayed its pulpy roots — Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” may have been a serious contender with critics, but it featured closeups of surgical gore and lots of turn-of-the-century drug use, which means fans of Martin’s gory novella don’t need to worry about the edges being sanded off for television.
“The Skin Trade” tells the story of a detective, Randi Wade, who works alongside an out-of-shape werewolf, Willie Flambeaux, to solve a string of mysterious murders in their Southern town. Sounds a lot like a less romantic version of another HBO series — “True Blood.”
Martin describes the book as a “werewolf noir.” Hopefully that means plenty of supernatural lore for genre fans, but a strong underpinning of mystery for those who prefer straight drama.
And for those who are desperately waiting for the next written installment of “Game of Thrones,” no need to worry — Martin fully admits that he’s handing off script duties on “The Skin Trade” to another writer. Kalinda Vazquez, a former writer for “Prison Break” and “Once Upon a Time” has been chosen by the author to adapt his work.
Vazquez hasn’t said much about the project yet, but she did share on Twitter that the process has been “fun” so far.
On his blog, Martin assured fans that she was a good choice, saying that “Kalinda’s take on the story and the characters blew me away.” Since it’s common knowledge that Martin grilled eventual “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss before handing them that gig, surely Vazquez knows her way around the world of the novel and will deliver a pilot script that will prompt Cinemax to order a first season of the adaptation.