George R.R. Martin is obviously well-known for his massive, sprawling Game of Thrones fantasy novels, but he’s also an accomplished and respected sci-fi author. Now that his long-running HBO series is coming to an end, we’re getting a peek at what else has been rummaging around in the mind of this reclusive author.
Wild Cards, Dying of the Light, Hunter’s Run, and Nightflyers are just a small sample of Martin’s many diverse sci-fi works — the latter story was turned into a poorly-received 1987 feature film, but now it’s finding new life as series on SyFy (and co-produced by Netflix, who holds international rights). It looks damned interesting.
Nightflyers is best-described by Martin himself, “a haunted house story on a starship” and also, “Psycho in space.” SyFy dropped a teaser for the new series, which evokes classic horror-sci-fi, such as Alien, Event Horizon, and Sunshine.
Deadline describes Nightflyers in this synopsis:
“Eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain — in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other — and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.”
This is the best-looking sci-fi series to hit SyFy since Ronald Moore’s Battlestar Galactica. Nightflyers‘ 10-episode first season stars Grethen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala and Sam Strike. Martin will executive produce.
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Nightflyers hits SyFy in fall 2018.