Syfy is nearing a deal to pick up “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin’s 1980 sci-fi novella “Nightflyers” to series which Universal Cable Productions will produce.
Set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, the story follows a crew of an advanced starship intercepting a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival.
As they near their destination, they discover that the ship’s A.I. and never-seen captain may be steering them into unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.
Picked up to pilot in June, production on it is now underway but casting hasn’t yet been determined. A big part of the deal will be reliant on current negotiations between Universal Cable Productions and Netflix for the second window domestic and first window international streaming rights – an increasingly common arrangement these days.
Jeff Buhler (“Jacob’s Ladder”) penned the script and executive produces alongside Gene Klein, David Bartis and Doug Liman. Dan Cerone (“The Blacklist”) will serve as showrunner and Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”) will helm the first installment.
The deal is coming together as UCP has also put into development a TV series adaptation of Karen M. McManus’ bestselling mystery-thriller young adult novel “One Of Us Is Lying” at E!. That follows what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.
Source: The Live Feed