'Game of Thrones' creator launching new series on Syfy and Netflix
It’s official: Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is getting a new series on the air.
Syfy announced a pickup for Nightflyers, based on Martin’s novella and the 1987 film of the same name. The story: “Eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain — in the hope of making contact with alien life. 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.”
Syfy will air the series in the U.S. while co-producer Netflix has picked up the international distribution rights (which means that despite its basic cable origins, the project could very well look like an expensive show).
Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder) wrote the adaptation for television and will executive produce alongside Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist), who will also serve as showrunner. Mike Cahill (I Origin) will direct the pilot.
Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) is set to star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, alongside Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris, Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Thale, Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (Fargo) as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) as Melantha Jhirl, and Brían F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) as Auggie.