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

06 January 2018

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TV networks are positively gagging for George R.R. Martin content. Game of Thrones may not be returning until 2019, and it's unclear when (if ever) Universal's Wild Cards adaptation will happen, but Martin now has another TV show on the cards, in the form of science fiction/horror series Nightflyers, today ordered to series by SyFy.

Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) is set to star, alongside Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6), Sam Strike (EastEnders), Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf), Angus Sampson (Fargo), Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) and Brían F. O'Byrne (Million Dollar Baby). Netflix has signed on as a co-producer of the project, meaning the drama will premiere on the streaming service outside of the U.S. These eight characters will share a shuttle in the upcoming series for Syfy, and they'll be on a search for intelligent life. Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films along with Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions are also onboard.

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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 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. Martin will also have an EP credit, and Mike Cahill (I Origin) will direct the pilot.

No release date has been announced for Nightflyers.

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