Syfy has given a series order to “Nightflyers,” based on “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin’s novella of the same name, the network announced Thursday.
The network picked up the series pilot in July, written by Jeff Buhler (“Jacob’s Ladder”). Universal Cable Productions will produce, and Netflix will co-produce with first-run rights outside of the United States.
The story, which was adapted previously into a 1987 film of the same name, follows eight scientists and a telepath who embark on a quest to make contact with alien life. They board The Nightflyer, a ship bound for the outer edges of the solar system, with a reclusive captain and a tightknit crew. However, terrifying events plan to make the journey more complicated than they once thought.
Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, Jodie Turner-Smith and Brían F. O’Byrne star as the crew.
Martin will executive produce along with Gene Klein and David Bartis of “Suits,” Doug Liman of “Live. Die. Repeat,” Alison Rosenzweig, Michael Gaeta, Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser. Robert Jaffe, who wrote the screenplay for the film, will produce.