The Skin Trade Rights Picked Up for the Big Screen


Based on the werewolf story by George R.R. Martin

“The Skin Trade,” a werewolf novella first published within the pages of “Night Visions V,” has been picked up by Mike The Pike Productions with the intention to bring it to the silver screen.

Author George R.R. Martin enthuses over at his blog: “About time. I’ve always thought there was a terrific movie in ‘The Skin Trade,’ but somehow no one has ever optioned it till now. The novella is a horror/mystery cross set in a decaying rustbelt city and featuring a hot young female private eye and a hypochondriac lycanthrope, how’s that for high concept? Randi and Willie are still favorites of mine. The novella won the World Fantasy Award too, which is how I got that head of H.P. Lovecraft that looks down over my living room. I hope that Mike the Pike does a kickass job with it.” The title takes its name from the tale’s main killer who removes the skins of his victims.

This is just the latest Martin property to be snatched up for another medium. “A Song of Ice and Fire” is being developed as a video game for France’s Cyanide Studios. And HBO has ordered a pilot for Martin’s “Game of Thrones,” an epic fantasy which has begun casting already with leads including Sean Bean and Lena Headey.

William Christensen’s Avatar Press is working directly with Martin on a graphic novel version of “The Skin Trade.”

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor