Syfy Gives a Series Order to Nightflyers Based on George R.R. Martin’s Novella

We’ve been talking about Syfy’s development of “Nightflyers,” based on the George R.R. Martin novella of the same name, for a while now; and today we have the latest news to share. Per a press release that landed in our inbox, the network has announced a series pickup for “Nightflyers” with Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder) writing the adaptation for television and executive producing alongside Daniel Cerone (“The Blacklist”), who also serves as showrunner.

Martin also executive produces along with Gene Klein (“Suits”), David Bartis (“Suits”), and Doug Liman (Live Die Repeat) of Hypnotic; Alison Rosenzweig (Jacob’s Ladder, Windtalkers) and Michael Gaeta (Jacob’s Ladder) of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; and Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions. Robert Jaffe (Nightflyers, 1987) produces. Andrew McCarthy (“Orange Is the New Black”) is a producer-director on the project. Mike Cahill (I Origins) directed the pilot.

The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions. Netflix co-produces and has first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S. The series, produced in Ireland, is moving forward with the support of the Government of Ireland, through the Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board.

Gretchen Mol (pictured below; “Boardwalk Empire”) stars 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.

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, tight-knit 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.



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