Hard to believe it, but George RR Martin managed to get another book in down the years while creating the intricate world of Westeros, as back in the eighties he published a novella called The Skin Trade. Now this book about a werewolf and his private investigator friend has just been optioned by Cinemax with a pilot episode on the way.

George RR Martin announced the news on his Live Journal saying; “I am very excited to announce the Cinemax (HBO's sister company) has optioned the television rights to 'The Skin Trade', the offbeat 'werewolf noir' novella I penned back in the late 80s. The deal is closed, and Cinemax has ordered the pilot script. This being Hollywood, of course, you never know where things will end... but if they like the script, we'll shoot a pilot, and if they like that, hey, who knows, maybe we'll get a series on the air."

Game of Thrones fans needn't worry that the project will distract Martin from his writing however as Kalinda Vazquez (Prison Break, Once Upon a Time) will take over scripting duties on The Skin Trade.

Martin said; "While I would have loved to write the script and run the show myself myself, that was never really in the cards. I have this book to finish. You know the one."

Eh yeah we do George, and for the love of God get cracking on it already.

Excited for The Skin Trade however, as let's face it, if it's even half as good as Game of Thrones is we are in for a treat. A notable lack of dragons however...