Syfy places pilot order for George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers

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Jun 23, 2017, 3:26 PM EDT

After developing a script to adapt George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers for the small screen, Syfy is officially moving forward with a pilot order.

Deadline reports the network has greenlit a pilot based on the novella (it was also adapted as a 1987 sci-fi flick), with a writer’s room already in the works for the expected series pick-up. The script was penned by Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder), and focuses on eight scientists hoping to make contact with aliens on the verge of the Earth’s destruction. The scientists, joined by a telepath, take flight (their ship is called the Nightflyer) but the journey is nothing like what they expect. Martin is not involved creatively, as HBO has him locked up in an exclusivity contract via Game of Thrones.

“We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R.R. Martin’s chilling world of Nightflyers,” Bill McGoldrick, EVP Scripted Development for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement. “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.”

Along with Nightflyers, Universal Cable Productions (UCP) is also developing Martin’s property Wild Cards for television. As far as other Syfy projects, the network is prepping the Superman prequel series Krypton and the graphic novel adaptation Happy! to join its existing slate of originals.

What do you think of the pitch? Is this a series you’d be willing to check out?

(Via Deadline)