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George R.R. Martin's werewolf story Skin Trade could soon become Cinemax show

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After the stratospheric success of Game of Thrones, it was only a matter of time before TV executives started raiding George R.R. Martin's back catalog for more shows. Now, thanks to Cinemax, we may soon see another of Martin's creations — also featuring big bad wolves — on the small screen. The author announced last night that HBO's sister network has ordered a TV script based on his 1989 werewolf short story Skin Trade. The novella, originally written for a horror anthology and featured alongside works from Stephen King and Dan Simmons, tells the story of private investigator Randi Wade and enigmatic werewolf Willie Flambeaux.

So far Cinemax has only optioned the adaptation, and there's no guarantee a full series will make it to TV screens, but Martin won't be handling writing or showrunning duties if it does. "I would have loved to write the script and run the show myself," the author wrote on his blog, but conceded that with his current workload, it wouldn't be possible possible. "I have this book to finish," the Song of Ice and Fire series author said. "You know the one." Instead, the Skin Trade script will be handled by Kalinda Vazquez, whose previous credits include episodes of Prison Break and Once Upon A Time.