First Nightflyers teaser trailer showcases George RR Martin's killer space story

Joann Johnston
March 22, 2018

It will premiere this fall.

Speaking in the trailer, Martin says: 'Nightflyers is a haunted house story in a starship. "If I were to describe this series in just three words, it would be just f*cking awesome", he adds. He adds, "It's "Psycho" in space".

EastEnders actor Sam Strike - better known as Johnny Carter - will play a character called Thale, while Teen Wolf star Maya Eshet portrays Lommie, and Angus Sampson from Fargo is Rowan.

It centres on a group of scientists who journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, on a mission to the edge of the solar system where they hope to make contact with a race of aliens who may be able to save a planet earth beset by a multitude of problems.

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Moreover, to ensure said smooth series transition, Syfy is reportedly bringing onboard (as a consultant, ) Terry Matalas, writer and co-creator of the cable channel's imminently-ending series, 12 Monkeys, who also brings experience from his time on Nikita, Terra Nova, Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Voyager. Gene Klein (Suits), David Bartis (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Doug Liman (Suits), Alison Rosenzweig (Jacob's Ladder), Michael Gaeta (Jacob's Ladder), Lloyd Ivan Miller, and Alice P. Neuhauser are also executive producing. Robert Jaffe, who penned the feature film based on Martin's novel is set as a producer, too.

But is their own spaceship with its artificial intelligence and unseen captain actually steering them into "deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space"?

Martin will be credited as an exec producer, though he is not expected to have a heavy hand in Nightflyers given his overall deal with HBO, where he's now co-writing two of the four potential Game of Thrones follow-ups in the works.

While it was previously adapted into a film back in 1987, this TV adaptation looks set to be a more thorough exploration deeply rooted in Martin's original yarn.

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