Adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Skin Trade Picks Up Heat Source:Mike the Pike ProductionsAugust 17, 2011  A project we have been following since  2009 is taking advantage of a certain HBO  television series’ success.  George R.R. Martin’s “The Skin Trade” is  coming to the screen, eventually, from the  Mike the Pike Productions.  The screen adaptation of the “Game of Thrones” author’s werewolf tale is currently seeking a creative team (writer, director, cast). “”George іѕ one οf thе hottest names іn Hollywood rіght now аnd thе supernatural іѕ trending wіth nο еnd іn sight,” says Mike the Pike’s CEO Mark B. Newbauer, “ѕο wе’ve gοt a pretty gοοd combo οn hands, well equipped tο hit thе major agencies аnd financiers toward a win-win.”   Martin described the story as “a horror/mystery cross set in a decaying rustbelt city and featuring a hot young female private eye and a hypochondriac lycanthrope, how’s that for high concept?”   Here’s a lengthier plot crunch: Whеn a series οf grotesque killings strikes hеr small hometown, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. Thе grisly murders remind hеr аll tοο much οf hеr οwn father’s death nearly 20 years ago. Now thеrе іѕ a killer іn town whο nοt οnlу ѕlауѕ hіѕ victims, bυt аlѕο takes thеіr skin. Undaunted, Randi takes thе case head-οn аѕ thе murders continue, each more brutal thаn thе last. Whеn a close friend suddenly becomes a target, hе іѕ forced tο reveal a startling secret аbουt himself аnd Randi іѕ quickly pulled іntο a dаrk world within hеr οwn town whеrе monsters dο exist аnd even thеу hаνе something tο fеаr…    

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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HBO Exec: ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Go on as Long as George R.R. Martin Keeps Writing 8:20 PM 7/28/2011 by Marisa Guthrie BEVERLY HILLS – HBO executives stressed their commitment to making Game of Thrones authentic to George R.R. Martin’s books and to keeping the show going as long as Martin keeps writing — which is a considerable commitment given Martin’s prolific nature. Addressing critics at the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour,Richard Plepler, co-president of HBO, said Martin is happy with the networks adaptation of his work. “The truth is when you see how thrilled he is with the production, we know we’ve succeeded partially by his satisfaction,” said Plepler. “We told George we’d go as long as he kept writing.” Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, admitted that he has not read Martin’s books. But he noted that Thrones writers/producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss are among Martin’s “biggest fans.” But while HBO has had much success with dramas post-Sopranos, the same cannot be said for half-hour series. With Entourage closing in on its final episode and still no true heir apparent — from a ratings perspective — to the long-wrapped Sex and the City, HBO executives acknowledge that the half hour genre has been a challenge.  “I feel like in the hour area we have some strength,” said Lombardo. “In the half hour area we’d like to see some of those shows pop out a little bit more.” Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is having its most-watched season in several years, but its audience is still less than three million per episode. And few of the network’s other half-hour shows — Bored to Death, Eastbound and Down — have truly broken out. Plepler and Lombardo expressed disappointment in the combining of the made-for-TV-movie and miniseries categories beginning with this year’s Emmy Awards. The premium cable network has dominated both categories, especially miniseries as fewer networks devote resources to the big-budget projects. “They are two distinct genres,” said Lombardo. “They have separate categories for different kinds of reality shows and yet there is a combined [category] for movies and miniseries. But we weren’t involved in those conversations. There’s nothing we can do about it.” HBO has three projects nominated in the category this year: the movies Too Big to Fail andCinema Verite and the miniseries Mildred Pierce. “It’s disappointing to us because it prevents some of the writers and producers and directors from being recognized,” added Plepler. “But there’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to live with it.” They also used part of their time here to talk up HBO Go. The network’s authenticated streaming service is available via most major cable providers – but not Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest provider behind Comcast. “We wish we had the leverage and the power to move Time Warner Cable, but as you know we have nothing to do with them,” said Plepler. Time Warner, which owns HBO, spun off Time Warner Cable in early 2009. Plepler added that the company is in active negotiations with TWC. “We’re negotiating the deal and I don’t think there’s any question that consumers are unhappy that they can’t get HBO Go,” he added. “We’re working as fast as we can to close the deal.” The TV Everywhere initiative is a lynchpin in HBO’s programming model, which does not rely on advertising. And Plelper acknowledged that major service providers and ad-supported networks are navigating the digital universe with a different set of priorities. “They’re selling eyeballs to advertisers and we’re selling a brand,” he said. About half of HBO’s audience comes from on-demand platforms and mobile-broadband, according to Plepler. “We’re not determining success on the basis of numbers,” said Plepler. “If a show like Tremedraws a smaller number as part of the canvas we’re painting on that’s okay.” Asked why the network touts its live premiere ratings much like broadcast and ad-supported networks, Lombardo told reporters gathered here: “Only because you write about it.”

Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. Begins Development on ‘The Skin Trade’; 

re-ups Rights to Werewolf Masterpiece by Game of Thrones Scribe, George R.R. Martin

  

LOS ANGELES, CA –July 20, 2011- Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (OTC: MIKP) (www.mtpprods.com) is pleased to announce that it has re-upped its option for ‘The Skin Trade’ by George R.R. Martin, the author/creator behind HBO’s smash success, ‘Game of Thrones’. 

‘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’, to enable a high priority development phase for the project toward production in 2012. The Option gives Mike The Pike Productions exclusive film rights to develop the material for screen, intended for wide theatrical release. These actions will be coupled with its agenda to begin pre-production on a separate, low-budget feature by end of 2011. 

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.

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 www.filmworksfx.com founder, Ken Locsmandi.

Mike The Pike Productions CEO/Producer, Mark B. Newbauer says, “The Skin Trade”  is both a new spin on the werewolf legend and a classic, macabre mystery; shrouded in dark secrets, on the chase for a shifty killer with a thirst for the most unlikely of victims. George has once again created, in a matter of pages, a rich universe with complex characters and a jaw-dropping storyline that sticks with you well beyond the read.”

He continues, “George is a great writer because George is a feeling human being with, from what I can tell, as much compassion and understanding of human nature as he has imagination and attention to detail.  Where most great writers are creating great stories, George creates, time and time again, entire worlds, in which every character, every moment is real, even in the most bizzare of scenarios or settings.  It’s why this piece, above any other I’ve read or seen is, hands down, the best werewolf story there is.”

The team looks to connect with George at this week’s Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world, where producer Ryan Colucci will be marketing his www.harbor-moon.com as well as teaser material for the MIKP’s SPOKEFISH Graphic Novel slate. George will be moderating a panel for Game of Thrones (http://tinyurl.com/3k2u2x5). 

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 last week, including Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Writing.

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! 

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…

Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. Begins Development on ‘The Skin Trade’; 

re-ups Rights to Werewolf Masterpiece by Game of Thrones Scribe, George R.R. Martin

  

LOS ANGELES, CA –July 20, 2011- Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (OTC: MIKP) (www.mtpprods.com) is pleased to announce that it has re-upped its option for ‘The Skin Trade’ by George R.R. Martin, the author/creator behind HBO’s smash success, ‘Game of Thrones’. 

‘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’, to enable a high priority development phase for the project toward production in 2012. The Option gives Mike The Pike Productions exclusive film rights to develop the material for screen, intended for wide theatrical release. These actions will be coupled with its agenda to begin pre-production on a separate, low-budget feature by end of 2011. 

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.

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 www.filmworksfx.com founder, Ken Locsmandi.

Mike The Pike Productions CEO/Producer, Mark B. Newbauer says, “The Skin Trade”  is both a new spin on the werewolf legend and a classic, macabre mystery; shrouded in dark secrets, on the chase for a shifty killer with a thirst for the most unlikely of victims. George has once again created, in a matter of pages, a rich universe with complex characters and a jaw-dropping storyline that sticks with you well beyond the read.”

He continues, “George is a great writer because George is a feeling human being with, from what I can tell, as much compassion and understanding of human nature as he has imagination and attention to detail.  Where most great writers are creating great stories, George creates, time and time again, entire worlds, in which every character, every moment is real, even in the most bizzare of scenarios or settings.  It’s why this piece, above any other I’ve read or seen is, hands down, the best werewolf story there is.”

The team looks to connect with George at this week’s Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world, where producer Ryan Colucci will be marketing his www.harbor-moon.com as well as teaser material for the MIKP’s SPOKEFISH Graphic Novel slate. George will be moderating a panel for Game of Thrones (http://tinyurl.com/3k2u2x5). 

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 last week, including Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Writing.

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! 

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…