HBO’s “Game of Thrones” may not be coming back until 2019, but George R. R. Martin fans can preview the author’s upcoming project on SYFY called “Nightflyers”. The series follows eight maverick scientists, and a powerful telepath, who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system.
The story takes place aboard The Nightflyer, a special ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. In the hope of making contact with alien life, the crew set sail throughout the cosmos with a simple mission of peace and research. It’s not long before terrifying and violent events begin to take place, and the crew begins to start questioning each other . The network teased the series adding, “surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought”.
The show was ordered to straight-to-series by SYFY, the network has been bolserting its original lineup with popular shows like the soon to soon-to-launch “Krypton,” and other series like “The Magicians,” “Channel Zero,” and “The Expanse”. Jeff Buhler (“Jacob’s Ladder”) wrote the adaptation for television, and will executive produce alongside Daniel Cerone (“The Blacklist”) who served as showrunner in the first season. The series will be produced by Universal Cable Productions, and Netflix will co-produce and have first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S.
Gretchen Mol (“Boardwalk Empire”) is set to star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, alongside Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”) as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (“Fast & Furious 6”) as Roy Eris, Sam Strike (“EastEnders”) as Thale, Maya Eshet (“Teen Wolf”) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (“Fargo”) as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (“The Last Ship”) as Melantha Jhirl and Brían F. O’Byrne (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Auggie.
Fans of George R. R. Martin can watch the first teaser-video below, thanks to an upload from SYFY to the network’s YouTube channel.
The series, produced in Ireland, is moving forward with the support of the Government of Ireland, through the Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board.