Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Signs LOI with Executive Producers for $60-80 Million Feature Adaptation of George R.R. Martin's ‘The Skin Trade’

GRRM's The Skin Trade

LOS ANGELES, CA –August 10, 2011- Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (OTC: MIKP) (www.mtpprods.com) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent with a team of Executive Producers (EPs) to Package and Finance Mike The Pike Productions’ ‘The Skin Trade’ by George R.R. Martin, the author/creator behind HBO’s smash success, ‘Game of Thrones’.  

The Agreement will entail the EP group to secure A-list attachments (writer, director, cast) and a minimum agreed upon budget to satisfy production value of approximately $60-80M and at least 25% of the budget raised in cash. Pre-Sales and Tax Incentives will be harvested to mitigate overall risk.

“George is one of the hottest names in Hollywood right now and the supernatural is trending with no end in sight,” stated MIKP CEO, Mark B. Newbauer. “So we’ve got a pretty good combo on hands, well equipped to hit the major agencies and financiers toward a win-win,” said Newbauer.

‘GRRM’s ‘The Skin Trade’ is a werewolf novella with a macabre backdrop in the vein of films like ‘’Underworld’, ‘The Howling’ and even ‘Silence of the Lambs’ which was recently optioned by MTP for a feature film adaptation. Producers are confident the piece will have both critical and commercial appeal with a box-office scenario that could well outperform its (even recent) Lycan counterparts. Trends in the industry, set by Films like ‘Twilight’ and Original Series such as ‘True Blood’ suggest strong potential for anything to do with werewolves or vampires

MTP and its partners recently wrapped principle photography on sci-fi thriller ‘White Sapce’ written by Spoke Lane Entertainment’s ‘Ryan Colucci’ and Directed by Ken Locsmandi, owner/founder of visual effects/post-house mecca www.filmworksfx.com . The film is currently in post-production in Los Angeles. 

George R.R. Martin, coined ‘The American Tolkein’ and recently named by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People is the author/creator behind HBO’s  successful epic series, Game of Thrones, which is nominated for 13 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Writing.

Mike The Pike Productions expects to sign an Agreement with Executive Producers in the coming days. 

Currently, Avatar Press (http://www.avatarpress.com/) is developing the Graphic Novel version of ‘The Skin Trade’.  

More news to come on ‘White Space’, ‘The Skin Trade’ and another exciting property yet to be announced!   

IN DEVELOPMENT: 

MTP Producers Ryan Colucci, Beth Newbauer and Mark B. Newbauer present: George R.R. Martin’s THE SKIN TRADE: From the best-selling author behind HBO’s Game of Thrones comes this white knuckle chiller with a string of unsolved murders immersed deep in lycan lore : When a series of grotesque killings strikes her small hometown, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. The grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father’s death nearly 20 years ago. Now there is a killer in town who not only slays his victims, but also takes their skin. Undaunted, Randi takes the case head-on as the murders continue, each more brutal than the last. 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 world within her own town where monsters do exist and even they have something to fear…

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