Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin is known for his cold and unforgiving hand on the narrative electric chair’s switch, constantly throwing it just when fans think their favorite characters are safe. Now he’s taking that murderous streak off-world with a new TV show based on his work: Nightflyers.
Nightflyers comes from the novella of the same name that has already been adapted into an ‘80s horror/sci-fi film, and those elements still hold true for the TV series, which will premiere on SYFY later this year. Don’t believe us? We’ve got some gory footage to back it up.
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“Nightflyers is a haunted house story on a starship,” Martin says in the video. “It’s Psycho in space.” This Alien-esque, space-set, futuristic nightmare follows a scientific crew that, of course, meets an alien species. It doesn’t necessarily go great from there. The E.T.s aren’t really to blame, though. It’s more about the increasingly tense and complex relationships between the crew members, closer to something like Sunshine.
That crew - composed of leader/astrophysicist Karl D'Branin (Eoin Bracken), pilot Roy Eris (David Ajala), telepath Thale (Sam Strike), and psychiatrist Dr. Agatha Matheson (Gretchen Mol) - has a lot of distrustful elements built in, leading to psychics being used and abused by those around them. That means the protection of or prejudice towards Thale will be of utmost importance - especially when they’re all trapped together.
The ten-part horror series starts this fall.