Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

Peter Castro
January 6, 2018

The show was unofficially picked up in September as part of ongoing negotiations with Netflix to become co-producers, which now has first-run rights outside of the U.S. Now, Syfy gives official confirmation that this series is happening, though it remains vague on planned production and premiere dates, which gives me the impression that we'll see it later than July 2018. Gritty space horror ensues when some of the crew with psychic abilities begin to break down, and increasingly violent events take place on board, causing the team to question themselves and each other.

Martin will also executive produce and the series will also be produced by Universal Cable Productions. The cast includes Boardwalk Empire star Gretchen Mol, The Night Shift's Eoin Macken, and more.

For the rest of the casting, we can look forward to seeing Eastenders' Sam Strike as Thale, Teen Wolf's Maya Eshet as Lommie, Fargo's Angus Sampson as Rowan, and The Last Ship's Jodie Turner-Smith as Melantha Jhir.

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Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) wrote the adaptation of Nightflyers, which follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer - a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain - in the hope of making contact with alien life.

The genesis of Nightflyers occurred with George R.R. Martin's original 1980 novella of the same name, for which he received Japan's Seiun Award in 1983 for Best Foreign Language Short Story of the Year. Robert Jaffe, writer and producer of the 1987 Nightflyers feature adaptation, produces. Andrew McCarthy will also be a producer/director on the project, with Mike Cahill helming the pilot.

Nightflyers is one of two Martin literary properties that had been optioned by Syfy sibling UCP for TV series, along with Wild Cards.

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