With the success of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ it should come as no surprise to anyone that Syfy has officially picked up George R.R. Martin‘s ‘Nightflyers‘ to series. Back in September things were looking good for the series when Syfy was working to have Netflix come on board as a co-producer and it seems that everything has come together. The script is by Jeff Buhler (‘Jacob’s Ladder’) who is also on board as an Executive Producer with showrunner Daniel Cerone (‘The Blacklist’). The studios each have Executive Producers on board and while Martin will be listed as one, he is currently not planned to have an active role due to his work on the final novels in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series as well as co-writing two of the four ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff shows.

Not only that, but we’ve learned that the cast will consist of Gretchen Mol (‘Chance’,’Boardwalk Empire’) who will play Dr. Agatha Matheson, Eoin Macken (‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’,’The Forst’) portraying Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (‘Jupiter Ascending’,’Fast & Furious 6′) as Roy Eris, Sam Strike (‘EastEnders’) will play Thale, Maya Eshet (‘Teen Wolf’) is Lommie, Angus Sampson (‘Fargo’) joined as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (‘The Last Ship’) is Melantha Jhirl, and Brian F. O’Byrne (‘Million Dollar Baby’) who previously worked with Rowan on ‘The Last Ship’ is playing Auggie.

The novella will follow eight scientists and a telepath who are taking a ship, The Nightflyer, to the edge of our solar system. It looks as if alien life may have been discovered and they are the ones who are set to greet it.

Are you happy to hear that Syfy picked up ‘Nightflyers’? Do you think that the network will deliver us a strong ongoing series or will this be one of the ones that hit their chopping block after only a season or two? Share your thoughts below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter