Just in case the wait for Game of Thrones' final season did not have you dancing on the edge of your seat, George RR Martin's Nightflyers was just picked up for a pilot on SyFy! This news isn't old (we've been hearing rumors since May 2017) but the network has confirmed it will move forward, turning the novella into a series.
But it has to make it through the pilot run first.
Nightflyers was adapted into a film in 1987. Now Jeff Buhler is rewriting the story for the small screen.
According to Variety, "The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought."
Sounds like a classic case of miscommunication in space. It sounds positively thrilling, and a far cry from the bloody, political world of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms.
Seven hells, they should just pick someone for the Iron Throne already. Have them draw straws or something. Or a simple fight to the death...oh wait, they're already doing that.
Can you tell we're anxious for GoT's return?
Thankfully, news of Nightflyers may just be good enough to tide us over for the time being. NBCUniversal's Bill McGoldrick even called the series "chilling" and the script a true exploration of "the depths of madness."
“We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R.R. Martin’s chilling world of ‘Nightflyers,’” McGoldrick, executive vice president of scripted development for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said. “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.”
The show will be executive produced by Universal Cable Production's Gene Klein and David Bartis, along with Hypnotic's Doug Liman. Buhler is also set to be an executive producer with Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta (Gaeta Rosenzweig Films). Other executive producers will also join the team.
Nightflyers is another show in SyFy's rebranding lineup, joining the Superman prequel Krypton and graphic novel adaptation Happy!
Martin's other literary property Wild Cards has also been optioned by UCP, SyFy's sibling company. Due to his contract with HBO, Martin will not be involved in either of these projects.