George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers officially heads to Netflix
VOD News | On 05, Jan 2018
A new series based on George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers is officially on the way to Netflix.
The show is from Universal Cable Productions and will be co-produced by SyFy and Netflix. The project has been on the burner for some time, with SyFy ordering a pilot last year and a writers room set up for building it out into a full series. Now, Netflix, Universal and SyFy have confirmed a deal that will see the programme premiere on SyFy in the USA, with Netflix holding the first-run rights in all other territories.
The supernatural thriller is adapted from Martin’s novella, which has also been turned into a film in 1987. It follows a ragtag bunch of scientists aboard the titular ship, The Nightflyer, on a voyage to the edge of the solar system. Teaming up with a telepath, they hope to make contact with alien life, and things, naturally, go horribly wrong.
Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) will star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, alongside Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris, Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Thale, Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (Fargo) as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) as Melantha Jhirl and Brían F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) as Auggie.
The show’s pilot was created by Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder), with Mike Cahill (I, Origin, Another Earth) directing and Dan Cerone (The Blacklist) set as showrunner for the series. Martin will executive produce along wth 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, and Robert Jaffe, who wrote and produced the 1980s movie. Andrew McCarthy (Orange is the New Black) will also produce and direct.
Netflix in talks for George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers
19th September 2017
Netflix is in talks to co-produce Nightflyers, a new series from the brain of George R.R. Martin.
With Game of Thrones nearing its end, Martin’s name has become associated with not only long delays writing novels but also one of the biggest TV hits of all time. While HBO are thought to be considering potential spin-offs for the fantasy epic, others are eyeing up Martin’s other work for possible adaptation on the small screen.
One such work is Nightflyers, a supernatural thriller about a ragtag bunch of scientists aboard the titular ship, The Nightflyer, on a voyage to the edge of the solar system. Teaming up with a telepath, they hope to make contact with alien life, and things, naturally, go horribly wrong.
The original novella may provide less source material than A Song of Ice and Fire, but with a film already based on the book released in 1987, the potential for expansion on-screen is evident. Indeed, Syfy has already picked up the project as a pilot, but with Netflix now in negotiations with producer Universal Cable Productions, the show is looking to head straight to series. Deadline reports that expected terms will follow the usual formula for Netflix, which is increasingly co-producing projects so it can release them in all of its territories at a lower cost: the series will likely air on Syfy in the US, with Netflix releasing it internationally and getting the second window release on American soil.
Jeff Buhler has penned the pilot, with Dan Cerone (The Blacklist) set as showrunner for the series and Mike Cahill (I Origin, Another Earth) signed on to direct the episode. Nightflyers is executive produced by David Bartis, Doug Liman and Gene Klein of studio-based Hypnotic, Cerone, Buhler, Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films, and Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions. Robert Jaffe, who wrote the 80s film version, is on producing duties.