George RR Martin Novella ‘Nightflyers’ Picked Up for Pilot on Syfy

The story was previously adapted into a 1987 film

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An adaptation of “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s novella “Nightflyers” has received a pilot pickup on Syfy, the network announced Friday.

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.

Jeff Buhler, who most recently wrote the screenplay for the “Jacob’s Ladder” remake and has been writing in horror for almost a decade, also wrote the adaptation for Syfy.

“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.”

The show will be executive produced by Gene Klein and David Bartis of “Suits,” along with 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.

Syfy has been undergoing a reboot, picking up more original shows, including the Superman prequel “Krypton” and “Happy!” a graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni.