Syfy Announces Cast & Series Order For 'Nightflyers' From George RR Martin

According to Deadline, Syfy has just announced that it has ordered a series based on the science-fiction thriller, and that Netflix will co-produce. 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.

For fans who are unfamiliar with Martin's work outside of the HBO series, Nightflyers was first released in 1980, before being included in a short story collection in 1985.

Confirmed in a press release today, Nightflyers, which is being co-produced with Netflix, will air on Syfy in the United States, with Netflix having first-run rights internationally.

Gretchen Mol ("Boardwalk Empire") will star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, with Eoin Macken ("The Night Shift") as Karl D'Branin, David Ajala ("Fast & Furious 6") as Roy Eris and Sam Strike ("EastEnders") as Thale.

The streaming service has acquired non-US rights to the upcoming Nightflyers, to which NBCUniversal-owned Syfy has given the greenlight. It's set in Martin's "Thousand Worlds" universe, which despite containing a thousand worlds, could not find room for Westeros.

Martin has an executive producer credit but promised that he won't play an active role with the series, giving his blessing to Buhler and Cerone.

Curiously, Jaffe has already adapted Nightflyers into a feature film, back in 1987 - starring The Apple's Catherine Mary Stewart and directed by Robert Collector, of Linda Blair prison roughie Red Heat fame.

The story of the George R.R. Martin-conceived supernatural space thriller is set on the eve of Earth's destruction, depicting the travails of the crew of the most advanced ship in the galaxy in the titular spacecraft the Nightflyer.

Mike Cahill (I Origin) will direct the pilot. The network did not announce a premiere date for Nightflyers.

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