SyFy orders George R.R. Martin's NIGHTFLYERS to Series!
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has another drama coming to cable television. NBC/Universal's Syfy is near a deal to pick up Martin's Nightflyers to series. THR reports that Universal Cable Productions is negotiating with Netflix for a streaming deal.
The network picked up the pilot back in June after being put in development since May. Production on the pilot is already underway but the cast has not yet been determined.
The Nightflyers series is based on Martin's 1980 novel and the 1987 film. Here is the synopsis:
It is the future, on the eve of Earth's destruction and follows a group of explorers on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.
Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) wrote the script and executive produces alongside Gene Klein (Suits), David Bartis (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Doug Liman (Suits) of Hypnotic.
Martin is not involved in the series because of his overall deal with HBO. Now he is currently co-writing two of the four potential Game of Thrones spin-offs that are in the works.