With Syfy doubling down on their commitment to science fiction with their recent rebranding experience it seems like the perfect time for the network to announce that it has greenlit a pilot for George R.R. Martin‘s ‘Nightflyers‘.

Unlike his work on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘, Martin is not going to be a producer or consultant on the series so we’ll see them have creative control and leave Martin alone to hopefully finish up the next installment of “A Song of Ice and Fire“. Fans of the author everywhere should be thrilled about that last part.

The novel followed the crew of The Nightflyer which is “a ship with a small, tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain.” We will see the ship run by “eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath” as it is on a mission to the farthest depths of known space attempting to find new alien life. Apparently, this crew missed the majority of shows and films from the 20th century which shows that this is a mistake. Especially “when terrifying events begin to take place” and the crew starts “to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.”

Currently, Gene Klein and David Bartis from ‘Suits’ will be Executive Producers for the series while Jeff Buhler (‘Jacob’s Ladder’) has penned the series. A director, cast, and crew have yet to be announced.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment exec Bill McGoldrick stated:

“We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R.R. Martin’s chilling world of Nightflyer, The script that Jeff delivered encapsulates this classic sci-fi horror story and adapts it to a platform where we can truly explore the depths of madness.”

This isn’t the first time that the novella has been adapted as it was previously turned into a film back in 1987.

Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Nightflyers’? Happy to hear that Martin won’t be involved so he can continue his writing? Share your thoughts below!

Source: TV Line