George R.R. Martin Novella Picked Up for TV Pilot

As fans prepare themselves for another season of Game of Thrones, they have yet another event to look forward to: The pilot for George R.R. Martin’s 1980 novella Nightflyers has been ordered by Syfy.



Set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, this story is to be produced by the NBCUniversal-owned studio Syfy. The plot follows a group of intelligent scientists and one powerful telepath on a spacecraft known as the Nightflyer within the vast expanse of the galaxy. During their tiring search for alien life, unpredicted events occur and characters begin to turn on each other one by one. 





“A paranormal meets space drama,” said Chris McCumber, President of entertainment networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, “Think The Shining in space.”


Although Martin himself will not be involved in the production, the team at Syfy shows promising efforts. Executive producers Gene Klein (Suits), David Bartis (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Doug Liman (Suits) are responsible for development while Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder) writes the adaptation.


“We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R.R. Martin’s chilling world of Nightflyers said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President of scripted development for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “The script that Jeff [Buhler] delivered encapsulates this classic sci-fi horror story and adapts it to a platform where we can truly explore the depths of madness”


Having just ordered a pilot, Syfy has not announced official start dates or cast list yet. 


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