George RR Martin's Nightflyers Adaptation Has Found A Home

George RR Martin Series Ordered by SYFY, Netflix to Co-Produce

Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) will star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, while Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Brían F. O'Byrne have also signed on to the project.

Martin will serve as executive producer on the new series, alongside Jeff Bruhl (Jacob's Ladder), Gene Kleinn (Suits), David Bartis (Suits), Doug Liman (American Made), and Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist), who will also serve as showrunner. The show was unofficially picked up in September as part of ongoing negotiations with Netflix to become co-producers, which now has first-run rights outside of the U.S. However, as the ship closes in on its destination, it becomes apparent that the Nightflyer's onboard AI and its elusive captain - with mysterious motivations - may be leading the crew on a primrose path ending in the hopeless, horrific darkness of deep space.

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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. The crew begins to question each other after a chilling and violent event begins to take place, proving that surviving the journey will be harder than anyone could have predicted.

Mike Cahill (I Origin) will direct the pilot.

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Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for much more on Nightflyers as the series develops! Martin's novella, which had previously been adapted into a feature film in 1987 to a generally negative reaction, will be produced by Syfy's production arm Universal Cable Productions.

Nightflyers will be shot in Ireland, and has a tentative premiere date of July, 2018.

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Martin, who is now working on the sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series on which the Game of Thrones TV series is based, is also involved in developing several potential Thrones spin-offs for HBO.


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