George R.R. Martin discusses ‘The Skin Trade’ at 2013 Comic-Con

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As the success of ‘Game of Thrones’ continues to grow, so does the name of George R.R. Martin, the brilliant author behind the series, recently named as one of the top 10 most powerful authors in Hollywood.

So at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, aside from the usual ‘Game of Thrones’ fanfare, GRRM will be hosting an event about his upcoming books and projects, including the highly anticipated release of Avatar Press’ adaptation of his werewolf novella, ‘The Skin Trade’, to which Mike The Pike Productions currently holds an option on the film/television rights.

I’m really excited about this for obvious reasons.  Here we have the rights to an amazing book in one of the most popular genres by one of Hollywood’s most powerful authors behind one of televisions biggest phenomenons.

And it all started well before Mike The Pike Productions was even formed; when I made it a personal mission to acquire the rights to source material that would make for an excellent adaptation to screen. It was always something I wanted to do, ever since I read an article about the business of optioning material in a summer edition of Premiere magazine when I was 15 years old.  The article was cool- to think that at one time, Schindler’s List was in the hands of Scorsese who traded it with Spielberg for Cape Fear.

The release of the Skin Trade Graphic Novel gives the property and its universe some fresh traction.  Many of us enjoy Game of Thrones religiously and digging into the world GRRM has created here will not disappoint.  I’m partial to books as a whole, but there’s no comparison to a well-made graphic novel and I know that GRRM’s protege, Daniel Abraham, penned the adaptation, so I’m excited to check it out.

Meanwhile, we are actively negotiating with one of the most prominent television studios in the industry ; this, as a result of a shopping agreement we’ve signed with one of television’s most successful Executive Producers. That’s quite a bit to absorb, and exciting for certain, but it’s not a dealbreaker for a film project as negotiations are just that- negotiations- and if it goes our way, it could mean some magnificent things for all involved, but if it doesn’t, it just means the film gods have decided this property belongs in their realm and I’ll gladly oblige as I think this makes for an incredible property to franchise, one way or another.

I’m also excited to submit what our team hopes to be the final round of responses to FINRA. Yes I suppose I’ll use the word excited here because all involved are cautiously optimistic, including the securities attorney working on the due diligence for our Market Maker.  Stay tuned for more updates!

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