Game of Thrones author lines up Irish sci-fi show


While the series will air on Syfy in the United States, it will be available on Netflix internationally. Today, Syfy announced they have ordered a new series from the Game of Thrones writer called Nightflyers.

Variety reports that Nightflyers, GRRM's 1985 short story, has been picked up by the cable channel Syfy, which, in the United Kingdom at least, is home to endless Buffy re-runs and other assorted trash. The cast includes Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, and Brían F. O'Byrne. Daniel Cerone of The Blacklist, The Mentalist, and Dexter will be showrunner.

The streaming service has acquired non-US rights to the upcoming Nightflyers, to which NBCUniversal-owned Syfy has given the greenlight.

The 1980 novella was a "haunted starship" story set in Martin's Thousand Worlds universe, which he later expanded as a collection of short stories in 1985.

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U.S. cable channel Syfy has announced that it has given the green light to the show, with Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) and Brían F O'Byrne (Love/Hate) set to star and writer Martin among the executive producers.

Martin will executive produce Nightflyers along with Gene Klein, David Bartis and Doug Liman of Hypnotic; Buhler; Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions. Andrew McCarthy will also be a producer/director on the project, with Mike Cahill helming the pilot.

Although GRRM was fairly hands-on with his approach to Game of Thrones, writing one episode per season, he is slated to take a backseat as executive producer so he can get on with the latest instalment of his fantasy epic, The Winds of Winter - much of which has already been depicted on TV. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name.