George R.R. Martin’s Space Novella Becoming a SyFy Film

The network is bringing the “Game of Thrones” mastermind's “Nightflyers” to TV

May 11, 2017
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SyFy is taking George R.R. Martin from Westeros to the great beyond.

On Thursday, the network announced that “Nightflyers,” a 1980 novella by the “Game of Thrones” mastermind, is being developed for TV. The story takes place in a dystopian future, as a crew of explorers travel on a space vessel called The Nightflyer to confront an alien spacecraft that might hold the key to human survival. However, as the travelers approach their destination, they realize that the Nightflyer’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be leading them to their space doom.

The SyFy production will not be the first screen adaptation of Martin’s sci-fi novella, as it was turned into a feature film in 1987. One of three scripted announcements from SyFy on Thursday, “Nightflyers” will join Superman prequel “Krypton” and comic book adaptation “Happy” on the network.

The “Nightflyers” script will be written by Jeff Buhler (“Jacob’s Ladder”) and produced by 1987 film writer Robert Jaffe. Given his current overall deal with HBO, Martin himself will not be directly involved. He is, however, currently developing four “Game of Thrones” spinoffs.

Read more on the project here.

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