'Nightflyers' trailer: Netflix's George R.R. Martin-inspired thriller sees scientists fight for their lives against malevolent space entity

A group of scientists find their lives at stake when an unknown, malevolent force wages war on them in space. This is a battle for survival where no one can be trusted.


                            'Nightflyers' trailer: Netflix's George R.R. Martin-inspired thriller sees scientists fight for their lives against malevolent space entity

Inspired by a George R.R. Martin's (GRRM) novella of the same name, the first trailer of Netflix original 'Nightflyers' promises a gory conclusion. Set in the same 'Thousand Worlds' universe as several other of his works such as 'Dying of the Light,' 'Sandkings,' and 'The Way of Cross and Dragon,' the series will follow a group of scientists who begin a space voyage to find a mysterious alien creature.

The series will star Gretchen Mol as Dr. Agatha Matheson, alongside Eoin Macken as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala as Roy Eris, Sam Strike as Thale, Maya Eshet as Lommie, Angus Sampson as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith as Melantha Jhirl, and Brían F. O’Byrne as Auggie.

According to the novella, as the crew aboard the spaceship 'Nightflyers' traverse the vast reaches of space in search of a new home for the inhabitants of a dying planet Earth, they come in contact with an alien craft. Confronted with the groundbreaking chance of making first contact with extraterrestrial life, the scientists are unsurprisingly thrilled. But it appears that someone on the ship is preparing to go to any lengths to prevent such an audience.

A group of scientists find their lives at stake when an unknown force wages war on them in space (Source: YouTube)
A group of scientists find their lives at stake when an unknown force wages war on them in space (Source: YouTube)

The 2-minute trailer thus begins its mad descent into chaos, with a blur of errors racing past the ship's onboard computer as the crew suddenly finds itself under vicious attack from an unknown, unseen malevolent entity. Interspersed between the Interstellar-esque shots of the rotating spacecraft, scientists busily going about in futuristic space suits, and phantom spurts of horrific violence are stills of the crew withstanding horrific psychological torture. In short, it's as George R.R. Martin as it gets. 

"To Save Everyone, Trust No One," the trailer announces, and one familiar with any of the author's other works will realize that there is hardly a happy ending in store here. Expect to feel rage, angst, terror, trepidation and melancholy in equal measure, because there's little doubt that 'Nightflyers' is going to keep you at the edge of your seat for its entire duration.

Executive producer Jeff Buhler pretty much confirmed the notion that the show will harbor similarities to 'Game of Thrones,' but not in a good way. "We were saying goodbye to people every week," he acknowledged to the Hollywood Reporter.

Speaking further about the show,  Buhler said: "[It] is a journey to make contact with the first-known. alien race out there… a group of scientists who are on the most advanced spacecraft ever built. The mission to make contact with the object that has been discovered flying past our solar system."

The trailer's release saw many drawing comparisons in the style and substance of the show to that of other legendary movies as 'The Shining.' Buhler admitted as much, saying: "We leaned heavily on the shoulders of the greats. We were not shy about pulling the themes and even some imagery. There’s a lot of '2001: A Space Oddysey', 'The Shining' and Ridley Scott’s 'Alien.'"

A premiere date for 'Nightflyers' is unconfirmed.

Watch the trailer here: