George RR Martin's sci-fi aims to scare
Last Thursday night at Comic-Con, SYFY network shared the first full trailer for Nightflyers, the new series based on George R.R. Martin's novella, which the author has described as "Psycho in space."
And that's certainly a fitting description for Nightflyers, which is based on Martin's 1980 sci-fi horror book that follows eight scientists and a telepath on a mission to contact alien life in the far reaches of the solar system. But the crew members on their ship, the Nightflyer, start to mysteriously die one by one.
It's been a long, strange path for the novella to reach television. Martin sold the Nightflyers film and TV rights to writer and producer Robert Jaffe in 1984. Jaffe wrote the screenplay for a film version of Nightflyers, which he also helped produce.
The movie, directed by Robert Collector, came out in 1987. Jaffe is now a producer on the TV show—which will be Syfy's most expensive original series of all time—with Netflix acting as a co-producer. W
hile Martin is on an exclusive contract with HBO and can't contribute writing (he will be credited as an executive producer), this TV series is intended to follow his original novella closer than the movie.
The show premieres this fall on SYFY.