George RR Martin's Nightflyers Adaptation Has Found A Home

Posted January 06, 2018

Syfy has given a series order to Nightflyers, a supernatural thriller based on the novella by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and the 1987 film. But that's not the only news about the show, which has now also found the intrepid crewmates of the titular starship as well.

Gretchen Mol ("Boardwalk Empire") will star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, with Eoin Macken ("The Night Shift") as Karl D'Branin, David Ajala ("Fast & Furious 6") as Roy Eris and Sam Strike ("EastEnders") as Thale. They travel aboard The Nightflyer - a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain.

We learned from Martin's "Not a Blog" LiveJournal in November that Syfy was developing Nightflyers as a 10-episode series, with a planned premiere of July 2018.

Stepping in as showrunner/executive-producer is Daniel Cerone, whose credits include The Blacklist, Motive, Constantine, The Mentalist and, much further back, Charmed. 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. Onboard as executive producers are Gene Klein, David Bartis and Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity franchise blockbuster director Doug Liman, all of whom are representing production company Hypnotic, which Liman co-owns with Bartis. The pilot will be directed by Mike Cahill (I Origin). Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films along with Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions are also onboard.

The 1980 novella was a "haunted starship" story set in Martin's Thousand Worlds universe, which he later expanded as a collection of short stories in 1985. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name.

Nightflyers has yet to set a release date.