Less than four months after the network picked-up the adaptation for pilot, Syfy is looking to bring George R.R. Martin's supernatural thriller Nightflyers straight to series. Dan Cerone (The Blacklist, The Mentalist) has been tapped as the series' showrunner, with Mike Cahill (Another Earth, The Magicians) set to direct the premiere episode. In an interesting example of cable and streaming being able to work across the aisle, SyFy and Universal Cable Prods. are currently negotiating with Netflix to co-produce the series. Netflix is expected to get international distribution rights and a second window level of domestic distribution.
Nightflyers is being adapted by Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) and is set in a future just prior to the destruction of Earth. In hopes of finding alien life, eight scientist and a telepath board a ship called The Nighflyer. It's small, tight-knit crew is lead by a reclusive captain and the ships artificial intelligence. But while on the journey, violent and terrifying events to take place that pits everyone against each other.
Bill McGoldrick, EVP Scripted Development for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, is excited for the cable network to be working with Martin:
"We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R.R. Martin's chilling world of Nightflyers. 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."
For Martin, Nightflyers represents another example of how morally gray characters are always the most interesting to him no matter the genre:
"I've always preferred writing about grey characters and human characters. Whether they are giants or elves or dwarves, or whatever they are, they're still human, and the human heart is still in conflict with the self."
Nightflyers is executive produced by David Bartis, Doug Liman and Gene Klein of Hypnotic; Cerone; Buhler; Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions. Robert Jaffe (writer/producer of 1987's Nightflyers film) produces.