George RR Martin's Nightflyers Ordered to Series at Syfy

The series is based on the novella of the same name written by "Game of Thrones" scribe George R.R. Martin. But that's not the only news about the show, which has now also found the intrepid crewmates of the titular starship as well. 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. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation and will executive produce alongside Daniel Cerone, who will be showrunner.

Syfy has been circling the series for quite some time, putting a pilot in production in May before picking it up in June.

United States cable channel Syfy has announced that it has given the green light to the show, with Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) and Brían F O'Byrne (Love/Hate) set to star and writer Martin among the executive producers.

Nightflyers, which landed a pilot order a year ago, will follow eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system in the hope of making contact with alien life. 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.

The series will be produced in Ireland. Andrew McCarthy will be a producer-director on the project.

Martin will not be involved with the series day-to-day, as he is working on finishing "The Winds of Winter", the sixth installment in his "Song of Ice and Fire" book series, which serve as the basis for HBO's "Game of Thrones". Martin's novella, which had previously been adapted into a feature film in 1987 to a generally negative reaction, will be produced by Syfy's production arm Universal Cable Productions.

  • Kyle Peterson