Syfy has ordered a pilot for Nightflyers, an adaptation of the 1980 sci-fi horror novella of the same name by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.
The cable channel initially announced development in May. Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) wrote the pilot. "We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R.R. Martin's chilling world of Nightflyers," Bill McGoldrick, executive vice president of 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."
Nightflyers follows eight scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on a journey to the end of the solar system in hopes of making contact with alien life. Their ship is The Nightflyer, which is manned by a tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain. Over the course of the story, horrific events begin to unfold that put their lives in jeopardy.
Nightflyers was was previously adapted 1987 as a film written and produced by Robert Jaffe, who will return to produce the Syfy project. According to Deadline, producers Hypnotic and Universal Cable Productions are already setting up a writers room in the event Nightflyers is ordered to series.
Due to an exclusive deal with HBO, Martin will not be involved in the project.