George R.R. Martin Suing L.A. Production Company Over Film Rights To ‘The Skin Trade’

by Rob Caprilozzi

George R.R. Martin has filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Superior Court against Blackstone Manor, LLC. over the rights to his werewolf novella The Skin Trade.

The option was exercised on September 2, 2014 and the agreement was for principal photography to start within five years before the rights reverted to Martin, according to a report on Deadline. The complaint reads that just before the deadline Blackstone “hastily assembl[ed] a barebones cast and crew” to shoot. George R.R. Martin claims that the production was “insufficient.”

The story tells the tale of private detective Randi Wade who becomes suspicious when a string of twisted killing strike her town. The killer not only murders his victims but also takes their skin, which is very reminiscent of her father’s death 20 years earlier. When a friend of Randi’s becomes a target he must reveal a dark secret about himself which plunges Randi into a world that is shrouded in blood and darkness.

In 1989 the novella won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella and also received a nomination for a Bram Stoker Award. In 2013 horror comic publisher Avatar Press published a four-issue Skin Trade comic series which was co-written by Martin and Daniel Abraham and featured the art of Mike Wolfer.

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