George R.R. Martin Goes to Space in Trailer for SyFy’s Nightflyers


SyFy has released a teaser trailer for its adaptation of Nightflyers, based on George R.R. Martin’s novella.

When his A Song of Ice and Fire series was adapted into HBO’s critically acclaimed Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin became a Hollywood player. And, as ScreenRant reports, SyFy’s teaser trailer emphasizes Nightflyers‘ connection to Martin.

You can see the teaser below:

While the teaser doesn’t contain a lot of footage from the show, it’s clear that Nightflyers will take place in a very different world from that of Game of Thrones. Instead of a fantasy-based universe full of dragons and royalty, Nightflyers will feature a combination of science fiction and horror.

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According to SyFyWire, the show revolves around the crew of a spaceship in the year 2093 whose mission to make contact with an alien force quickly goes off the rails. The series will star Eoin Macken, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, Jodie Turner-Smith, Gretchen Mol, David Ajala, and Brían F. O’Byrne.

The 10-episode series is scheduled to premiere in the fall, but no official release date has been announced yet.

Jeff Buhler will be both the showrunner for the series and in charge of writing the pilot. Buhler is one of the most in-demand names for horror scripts. In 2019 he has remakes of Jacob’s Ladder, Pet Sematary, and The Grudge expected to hit theaters. Undoubtedly he will bring an interesting mix of thrills and sci-fi to his latest television project.

Nightflyers seems like a perfect fit for SyFy. Although after its recent cancellation of the beloved cult series The Expanse, the addition of Nightflyers may offer little consolation to outraged fans.

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Also, while Martin has been publishing for decades, because of Game of Thrones, he is now mostly known for his fantasy-genre work. So it will be interesting to see if Martin fans embrace the new series despite its falling squarely into the science fiction genre.

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