The Song of Fire and Ice scribe teased that his follow-up to the award winning HBO series would be Psycho in space. From the look of the new Nightflyer’s trailer that premiered this weekend at Comic Con, the Game of Thrones creator’s prediction looks to be on point. The new horror science fiction series has the NBC owned SyFy channel looking to capitalize off of Martin’s success and will hopefully be able to exceed everyones expectations.
George R.R. Martin has traumatized fans throughout the pages of his books and within the episodes of Game Of Thrones for some time now. Some of us still haven’t gotten over the Red Wedding, not to mention the countless other fan favorite deaths that have gone down since then. But now the popular author looks to terrorize viewers in the vast darkness of space.
Nightflyers will be Martin’s next work to be turned into a live actions series. The novella was first published in 1980 and then adapted into a movie in 1987. According to the folks at Slash Gear, this new series will rely heavily on the novella and not the cheesy 1987 sci-fi film.
The story of Nightflyers takes place in the year 2093, and it is your stereotypical science fiction situation. Earth is dying and the Ex Machina to save everything exists on a ship called the Nightflyer, floating in the far reaches of our solar system. And like any good sci-fi flick something goes horribly wrong which sets forth several horrific events that have the crew beginning to wonder if the cause is something outside the ship or even the ship itself.
The trailer starts out with pretty much the same premise as Interstellar. A father tells his daughter he has to go into space to save the world and for some reason he is the only one that can save the day. Then once the crew gets to space bodies start dropping and the terror begins to rise as the film goes from a space odyssey to Event Horizon very quickly.
Nightflyers looks like a terrifying thrill ride into the dark reaches of space where no one can hear you scream. The horror genre in television has been making its way to the top of everyone’s list and continues to find new ways to scare viewers all over the world. This version of George R.R. Martin’s space thriller hopes to keep up with the tradition of traumatizing audience’s one episode at a time just like he did with Game of Thrones.
According to SyFy.com Nighflyers will premiere on SyFy Channel this fall with the first season’s ten episodes in the US and Netflix has picked up the series for other regions. Due to his contractual obligation with HBO, Martin will not be directly working on the series but will be credited as an executive producer. The series stars Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Eoin Mackard (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), David Ajala (Falling Water), Angus Sampson (Fargo), Sam Strike (Mindhunter), and Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf).