George RR Martin's NIGHTFLYERS Sets Sail At SyFy

If this were a normal science fiction series like Star Trek, everyone would team up to work towards finding the culprit, but since Nightflyers is based on the work of George R.R. Martin, many on the ship obviously begin to doubt and suspect each other. However, when violent and inexplicable events begin befalling the small crew of the spaceship Nightflyer, they realize the journey will be far more risky than the every imagined.

But Syfy is certainly moving forward on Nightflyers, which will be a co-production between Universal Cable Productions and Netflix. The cast includes Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, and Brían F. O'Byrne.

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

The series will be produced by Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) and Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist), and Martin will serve as an executive producer. The book was already adapted into a 1987 film, which will also provide inspiration for the series. Mike Cahill will direct the pilot.

The genesis of Nightflyers occurred with George R.R. Martin's original 1980 novella of the same name, for which he received Japan's Seiun Award in 1983 for Best Foreign Language Short Story of the Year.

USA cable channel Syfy has announced that it has given the green light to the show, with Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) and Brían F O'Byrne (Love/Hate) set to star and writer Martin among the executive producers. Onboard as executive producers are Gene Klein, David Bartis and Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity franchise blockbuster director Doug Liman, all of whom are representing production company Hypnotic, which Liman co-owns with Bartis. The network did not announce a premiere date for Nightflyers.