The Skin Trade, a werewolf movie by Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin, starts to transform

HBO's riveting "Game of Thrones" was on everyone's lips this year, so it certainly seems like a good time for more projects based on the work of its creator, George R.R. Martin.

Mike the Pike Productions is currently seeking a creative team for THE SKIN TRADE, an adaptation of Martin's werewolf novella. The company is hitting Hollywood in search of "A-list attachments (writer, director, cast) and a minimum agreed upon budget to satisfy production value of approximately $60-80M."

The project has actually been in development for a couple of years, but is obviously gathering steam now that the author's profile is higher than ever thanks to the epic cable adaptation of his bestselling "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy book series.

The story is being compared to UNDERWORLD, THE HOWLING and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Here's the rundown: "When a string of grotesque killings begins to strike her small city, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. A serial killer is taking the skin of its victims and the grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father's death almost twenty years ago. As the police hit a dead end, Randi goes on a search for answers of her own... But when a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark underworld where monsters exist and prey on the living."

A graphic novel adaptation is also currently in the works with unflinching indie publisher Avatar Press.

Extra Tidbit: Fingers crossed for this one, but why does it seem so damn hard to get a decent werewolf movie in this century? I don't mind just watching GINGER SNAPS or DOG SOLDIERS or even NEVER CRY WEREWOLF again, but come on!



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