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Syfy Cancels George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’

If you ever have impostor syndrome over your creative work—which is practically a given if you make creative work—sometimes it’s reassuring to know that even your idol can’t always be perfect. Even George R.R. Martin can’t always make winners. That’s bad news if you’re a fan of Syfy’s Nightflyers… but it turns out, few people were.


'Nightflyers' Still from Premier

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The TV show, based on George R.R. Martin’s futuristic novella of the same name, was one of the network’s riskiest undertakings. As the most expensive series Syfy has ever produced, even this best-seller wasn’t a sure thing. As a result, the show needed to nab higher earnings than the GDP of most of the nations of Westeros. Ultimately, it only recieved 420,000 viewers for its finale, a drastic drop from its initial 630,000 views for the premier. Given that Game of Thrones premiers and finales can get double-digit millions of views, the network’s gamble didn’t exactly pay off. Syfy attempted to boost the show by releasing the entire series across all platforms. Sadly, Nightflyers didn’t make it too far off the ground.


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Even though the show is leaving Syfy after one season, the novella is still available for our enjoyment. Though we primarily know George R.R. Martin for his fantasy writing (or maybe his massive wizard beard), he’s also an award-winning author of horror and science fiction. Nightflyers combines elements of both genres while also ditching the length of his fantasy works—this may not be a book big enough to use as a blunt-force weapon, but the storytelling will still knock fans flat. Take a look:


'Nightflyers' Novella by George R.R. Martin

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Nine misfit academics on an expedition to find the volcryn, a mythic race of intersteller nomads, and the only ship available for this strange quest is the Nightflyer, a cybernetic wonder with a never-seen captain…

Nine innocents are about to find themselves in deep space, trapped with an insane murderer who can go anywhere, do anything, and intends to kill them all.


Despite the limited success of the adaptation, the novella itself is an acclaimed work of fiction. Shortly after its release, it was nominated for a prestigious Hugo Award and adapted into a feature film. So, what went wrong? Apparently, George R.R. Martin had little involvement in the show’s development. Turns out you can’t just sell a big name. The show may have been set in 2093, but it didn’t have a future.


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‘Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin ‘Ashamed’ of White-Washing of Original ‘Nightflyers’ Film, Fights Back in New Adaptation

Last Friday 13th, George R.R. Martin, the mastermind and wordsmith behind the famed Game of Thrones franchise, told-all during a panel at the annual Thriller-author convention, Thrillerfest.


During an open-panel interview, Martin spoke candidly about his past struggles with novels that didn’t sell, the wild nights of sci-fi author conventions during the 1970’s, his love for H.P. Lovecraft, and more. Martin spoke in such an open, friendly, and conversational manner that it would’ve been impossible not to be completely charmed and feel as though you were listening to stories from a close friend in your living room, as opposed to listening to an insanely famous bestselling author inside of an audience-packed ballroom.


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George R.R. Martin at Thrillerfest 2018


During the discussion, Martin also delved into some controversy from his past, speaking openly and honestly about the prejudices that took place surrounding his 1985 novella, Nightflyers (which is currently being adapted as a SyFy series).


According to Martin, he wrote protagonist Melantha Jhirl with a very specific image in mind; as the name Melantha directly translates to black flower, Martin had only ever envisioned her as African American woman. However, in the same vein of many Hollywood film directors, when Martin received the book back from his editor with the new cover in place, he discovered something more-than-unsettling:



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Clearly, the woman on the cover who is supposed to be portraying Melantha is nothing like the character herself; instead of acknowledging Martin’s descriptions of the protagonist he, himself, created in any way, the editor had decided to disregard Martin and choose a white female model to portray the lead. And, as if this total disregard for a character’s literal ethnicity wasn’t gross enough, when Martin pointed out how wrong it was to have a white woman on the cover, he was told


Well, you want your book to sell, don’t you? No one’s going to buy a book with a black woman on the cover.


Even Martin said that, although he protested, arguing with his editor and openly speaking about how wrong it was to white-wash Melantha, he was still a struggling writer who didn’t hold much power, and he wound up losing the fight. Still, he’s always wished that he could go back and protest even harder. Martin spoke of his regret at not pushing further for accurate representation:


I should have fought harder, I should have protested, but I didn’t… It’s bothered me ever since. I’ve been ashamed of it ever since.


So, the moment he got notice of the new SyFy adaptation currently in the works, he contacted the team behind it and said that they could take all the creative liberties they wanted with the story, his one and only requirement being: Melantha must be played by a woman of color. The team at SyFy agreed immediately, casting Jodie Turner-Smith in the lead role. 


Martin commented, “I’m pleased that that injustice has been resolved.”


It’s so vitally important for more popular figureheads to keep pushing forward toward diversity; the more we stand up, the more we will progress.


You can check out Nightflyers in Fall 2018.


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Get Your First Look at the Series George R. R. Martin Calls “‘Psycho’ in Space”!

As fans wait patiently for the final season of Game of Thrones, Syfy released the first trailer for its adaptation of Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin’s 1980 novella Nightflyers.


Described in the trailer as ‘just fucking awesome,’ Nightflyers follows a crew of scientists on a mission to attempt contact with aliens, however their plan goes very, very wrong and the situation soon becomes violent and dangerous. Fans of Martin are no strangers to the concepts of extreme peril and brutality, so this sounds pretty much on the money. 


Martin himself appears in the trailer, describing the upcoming series “a haunted house story on a starship…It’s Psycho in space. I can’t wait to actually see it come alive on the screen.”


The series, which is produced by Universal Cable Productions and adapted by Jeff Buhler stars Eoin Macken, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, and Jodie Turner-Smith.




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George R.R. Martin and Jodie Turner-Smith

George R. R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ Begins Filming!

Game of Thrones genius George R. R. Martin’s new fantasy series Nightflyers, based on his 1980 novella, has begun shooting at Limerick’s Troy Studios, and will continue until August. 


The show is being produced by NBC Universal and Universal Cable Productions, and will air first on Syfy in the United States, before being released on Netflix. Wild Atlantic Pictures, an Irish production company is also involved.


In January, the Irish Film Board contributed €850,000 in taxpayer funding, to the production, which was the biggest funding decision of the last quarter of 2017.


Close to 500 people will work on the production, and Conn Murray, chief executive of Innovate Limerick, estimates that the production could boost the local economy by €70 million (approx. $850 million). Thanks George! 


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Troy Studios includes three sound stages at a total of 70,000 square feet, making it Ireland’s largest film production studio.


Irish actors Eoin Macken and Brían F. O’Byrne will feature in the series, along with Gretchen Mol, David Ajala, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, and Jodie Turner-Smith.


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Jodie Turner-Smith will star. | Image Via Zimbio


Martin wrote Nightflyers as a 23,000 word novella in 1980. The following year, his editor James Frenkel,  requested that he elongate the story to 30,000 words. This allowed Martin to include further backstory for the characters and include several additional characters. Nightflyers won several awards including the Locus Award for Best Novella. 


A film adaptation was made in 1987, but currently holds a two-star rating on IMDB, so here’s hoping this series does a little better! 


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