More of George R. R. Martin‘s stories are coming to TV, but this one may not be what you were expecting. Syfy is ready to move forward with a series order of Nightflyers, based on Martin’s 1987 novella of the same name.
Sounding like the always welcome combination of outer space adventure, mystery, and suspense, the series seems reminiscent of other series like The Expanse. According to a press release, Nightflyers “follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who 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.”
The series will star Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) 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.
Also of note, Netflix is co-producing the series with Universal Cable Productions, which will give Netflix the ability to stream the series internationally. There’s no date set for when production might start, and certainly not when we might see the series.