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SyFy Developing Nightflyers

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that SyFy, the SF/F genre television specialist which has had a rather colorful repetoire of original programming over the years (B-movies such as Sharknado, paranormal “reality” series such as Ghost Hunters, dramas such as Battlestar Galactica and The Magicians), has moved to adapt George R.R. Martin’s award-winning horror-tinged science fiction novella, “Nightflyers”, into a television series.

Martin’s overall development deal with HBO means that he will not be involved in developing or producing the series. Instead, Jeff Buhler (writer for the remake of Jacob’s Ladder currently in post-production) will write the initial script and act as executive producer. Buhler will be joined by a number of others noted in the article from THR, including Robert Jaffe—who wrote the adaption for the 1987 film based on GRRM’s novella—as a producer.

Per THR, the concept for the series seems to be a little bit of departure from the novella:

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.

Averting Earth’s doom is not something that’s part of the novella, and curiously seems to be almost the exact same line SyFy has taken with their in-development adaption of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, as seen here. That aside, the rest of the description sounds much more like the novella. Of course, as with all things Hollywood, a show being in development does not mean it will ultimately make it to the screen. SyFy has an ambitious plan to “reboot” itself after a few years of having gained a reputation for cheap, low-rent productions, and Nightflyers is just one of a number of recent development and production announcements from the channel.