George R. R. Martin might be known for Game of Thrones, but that is far from being the only thing he has done. While he is trying to finish The Winds of Winter, and working on five different Game of Thrones spinoff ideas with five different writers, there are more things that need his attention. He is currently also editing the Wild Cards series, and working on a lot of other things, only a few of which we know, as he keeps suggesting. Now, some of you might not know about his previous work, but it has been well-received, as well. A novella written by him, named Nightflyers, is now being adapted for TV by SyFy.
A recent report by The Hollywood Reporter revealed that SyFy is working along with George R. R. Martin to adapt his 1980 novella, Nightflyers, for TV. The official synopsis for Nightflyers reads as follows :
“Set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.”
Nightflyers has been quite well received. It won Japan’s Seiun Award in 1983, as the best foreign-language short story of the year, and later made into a film, which made over $1.2 million. While that adaptation has been said to be poor by many of GRRM’s fans, we expect this one to be better. Jeff Buhler, who has previously worked on Jacob’s Ladder, will write the script and serve as an executive producer. Robert Jaffe, who wrote the 1987 film adaptation of Nightflyers, will return as producer. Other executive producers include Gene Klein and Doug Liman, both of whom have worked on Suits, David Bartis, who has worked on Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Jacob’s Ladder, Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser. George R. R. Martin will not be involved in any official capacity.
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