Syfy has given a pilot order to Nightflyers, a supernatural thriller based on a novella by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. The report from Deadline also mentions talk of setting up the writer's room to create backup scripts in preparation for a series pickup.
The initial series interest from the network was announced last month along with series pickups of Krypton and Happy! as part of their re-branding efforts and return to focus on the science fiction genre.
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, said:
"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."
Robert Jaffe, writer and producer of the 1987 Nightflyers feature adaptation, is on board as a producer. This is one of two Martin properties that had been optioned by Syfy sibling UCP for TV series, along with Wild Cards. Martin is not involved in the projects as he is under an exclusive deal at HBO.