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Syfy orders pilot for George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers

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Syfy has officially ordered a pilot for Nightflyers, an adaptation of Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin’s 1980 novella, the network announced Friday.

Nightflyers tells the story of eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who, hoping to make contact with alien life, embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer, a ship with a small, tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question each other — and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

Jeff Buhler wrote the script, which will be executive-produced by Gene Klein, David Bartis, Doug Linman, Alison Rosenweig, Michael Gaeta, Lloyd Ivan Miller, and Alice P. Neuhauser. Robert Jaffe, who wrote the 1987 film based on the novel, is also attached as a producer. Martin, who is involved with several of the numerous Game of Thrones spin-offs in the works, is not attached to the project.

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“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 delivered encapsulates this classic sci-fi horror story and adapts it to a platform where we can truly explore the depths of madness.”

Syfy’s rebooted lineup includes new series Happy!, the graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni, and Superman prequel Krypton.