'Nightflyers': The upcoming new SyFy series based on George R. R. Martin's novella promises to take us on a riveting space adventure
The show was announced in 2016 by SyFy network and the series is said to be based more along the lines of the 1987 film adaptation of Martin's novella with the same name
Attention, sci-fi fantasy fans! There's a new SyFy show on the horizon and the biggest reason you should be super thrilled about it is that it comes from the maestro who gave us stellar masterpieces like 'Game of Thrones' and most importantly, 'The Songs of Ice and Fire' saga. That's right. The brilliant George R. R. Martin is back at it again to wow fans of the fantasy fiction genre with his 1980 novella titled 'Nightflyers' being turned into a TV series with the same name!
The novella, which is a series of short stories by Martin, is having its own TV adaptation premiering in less than two weeks from now, on December 2, and even though Martin will not be involved directly with the series due to his exclusive contract with HBO, he will still be credited as an executive producer.
The show was announced back in 2016, by the SyFy network, which shared that they would be developing a series on the novella. Later on, in 2017, it was announced that the series would be based more on the novella's film adaptation from 1987, and finally, in early 2018, production began for the show on location in Limerick, Ireland.
But all of that aside here's what we know so far about what seems like a riveting space adventure set in the future.
The official synopsis of the show as provided by SyFy describes it as: "Set in the year 2093, 'Nightflyers' is a psychological thriller that follows a team of scientists aboard the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the Solar System, and to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space—it’s already on their ship."
The ensemble cast of the show includes some big and familiar names in the industry, with Jodie Turner-Smith as Melantha Jhirl, Gretchen Mol as Dr. Agatha Matheson, Eoin Macken as Karl D’Branin — an astrophysicist and leader of the Nightflyer expedition, and David Ajala as Roy Eris — the reclusive Captain of the Nightflyer.
There's also Angus Sampson as xenobiologist Rowan and Sam Strike as Thale, with Maya Eshet as Lommie. The main cast also includes the chief engineer of the Nightflyer called Auggie, played by Brían F. O’Byrne. Phillip Rhys appears as Murphy, and Gwynne McElveen is Tobis.
Daniel Cerone is the showrunner of the show, along with serving as a series executive producer, alongside Gene Klein, David Bartis, and Doug Liman of Hypnotic, Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films, and Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions.