Winter has finally come on HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones as the show prepares to film its eighth and final season. Author George R.R. Martin, whose books the series is based on, will continue to dominate the airwaves though, with a new series coming to Syfy.
The network has given a full series order to Nightflyers, based on an award-winning 1980 novella by the famed science-fiction/fantasy author.
The story involves a group of scientists in the near future who venture into deep space to find an alien ship that could help prevent Earth’s destruction.
Unfortunately for them, the ship’s computer (much like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey) has other plans and attempts to sabotage the mission.
No cast members have been announced for the show, but the pilot episode was ordered by Syfy in June and is already in production.
Jeff Buhler, who wrote the film The Midnight Meat Train and the upcoming remake of Jacob’s Ladder, penned the script for show’s pilot.
Producer Daniel Cerone will be the showrunner on Nightflyers, a role he previously filled on the shows Dexter and Constantine.
Sadly for fans, Martin himself will have no involvement in the show whatsoever, as he has an exclusive contract with HBO.
Not that he could spare the time, even if he wanted to; Martin is already working on several ideas for Game of Thrones prequel shows and is still struggling the finish the next book in the series.
Nightflyers has actually been adapted before, as a low-budget 1987 film starring Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor James Avery.
Robert Jaffe, who wrote and produced the film version will also serve as a producer on the new Syfy television series. Netflix is currently in talks with Universal Cable Productions to carry the show in international markets and after its first showing here in the United States.