George R R Martin’s Nightflyers Optioned By Syfy

Winter may be coming, but George R. R. Martin has more in store for us than just White Walkers. It was recently announced that SyFy has optioned a pilot for his 1980 novella Nightflyers.

The novella was developed into a film in 1987 with Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed, and Michael Des Barres. It is about a group of eight scientists and a telepath who board the Nightflyer to travel to the edge of the solar system in order to investigate some weird signals that may be evidence of alien life. Along the way violent events begin happening that cause them to begin mistrusting each other. With a tense claustrophobic setting and hints of madness, this sci-fi horror series should be really thrilling, if done right.


Poster for the original film

At this point SyFy has just optioned a pilot with a series to follow if they like what they see. The description sounds better than Sharknado, so I can’t imagine it not turning into a full series, especially as hot a property as Martin is right now.

Marin is busy finalizing the next novel in his series A Song of Ice and Fire, which will be called The Winds of Winter, which will be followed by the final novel in the series, A Dream of Spring. He’s also working on five Game of Thrones spinoffs, one of which HBO will further develop into a series. UCP is also developing his superhero anthology Wild Cards for television. UCP is part of NBC and created shows like Mr. Robot, Monk, Psych, and Battlestar Galactica, so that looks like it should be a good series as well.


George R. R. Martin & the most anticipated book of the year

Since Martin is under an exclusive deal with HBO, he will not be directly involved with Nightflyers, so SyFy is putting together a writers room. The script is being adapted by Jeff Buhler, who is co-writer for the television series adaptation of one of my favorite films, Jacob’s Ladder. One of the plethora of producers for the show is Edge of Tomorrow‘s director Doug Liman. If he will consider directing the pilot, it’s a pretty safe bet the show will be picked up. But then, it would take a concerted effort to mess up a Martin property and not attract a sizeable group of his rabid fans, so we should have plenty to keep our interest once Game of Thrones has ended.

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