Game of Thrones Author's Nightflyers Space-Travel Pilot Greenlit at Syfy

The space flight is dark and full of terrors: Syfy on Friday officially issued a pilot order to Nightflyers, a sci-fi drama based on a novella by Game of Thrones scribe George R. R. Martin.

The story takes place aboard The Nightflyer, “a ship with a small, tightknit crew and a reclusive captain,” per the series’ official logline.

The craft — staffed by “eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath” — travels to the outer reaches of the solar system to find new alien life. Cool! Because that usually goes so swimmingly, right? Nope. “But when terrifying events begin to take place,” the description continues, the crew beigns “to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.”

Martin’s novella was previously made into a film; James Avery (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) was among that cast. A rep for Syfy confirms to TVLine that the author is not a producer or consultant on the potential series.

Nightflyers will be executive-produced by Suits‘ Gene Klein and David Bartis, among others. Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder) wrote the TV adaptation.

“We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R.R. Martin’s chilling world of Nightflyer,” NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment exec Bill McGoldrick said via statement. “The script that Jeff delivered encapsulates this classic sci-fi horror story and adapts it to a platform where we can truly explore the depths of madness.”

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  1. Mark says:

    Just finish the damn books already!

  2. Zack says:

    Nooooooo he’s already taking way too long with the sixth book damn!

  3. Joey says:

    While I’m waiting as anxiously as everyone else for the next book in the ASoIaF series, the people above me are acting like he spent time writing this instead of The Winds of Winter. The novella itself was released over 30 years ago. There’s nothing in the above article that says he spent time on this. I’d say, more than likely, the deal was worked out by his agent with some input from him.

  4. Ben says:

    I like the fact that they expressly had to say that Martin is not a consulting producer (so everyone would know that he isn’t taking time away from finishing the books). Hilarious that the first two comments were still as expected.

    • David Graf says:

      Why defend someone like Martin who leaves his fans waiting and waiting and waiting while he scoops up the cash doing everything but finishing the books? I will not buy his books because of the contempt he shows his readers.

  5. Joshua York says:

    I’m waiting for a Fevre Dream series. It’s a great story about vampires, and I don’t like stories about vampires