Behold the First Teaser for Game of Thrones‘ Creator George R. R. Martin’s Nightflyers
If we told you the man whose brain bequeathed the world Game of Thrones had written a sci-fi horror novella set in space that was adapted for TV with a stellar cast and crew, you’d be interested in that, right? If you’re anything like us, you would be as excited as Walder Frey at a banquet in his honor for George R. R. Martin’s new Syfy series Nightflyers, which has just released its’ first trailer.
The show is based on Martin’s 1980 novella, and follows eight scientists (and one trusty telepath) who set out on a mission to the edge of the solar system in an attempt to make contact with aliens. Probably not a great idea, as the late, great Stephen Hawking warned. Naturally, their mission turns into a nightmare, and the nine people on board the Nightflyer will be tested in ways they never imagined. Martin calls the show “a haunted house story on a starship” and “Psycho in space.”
The teaser below gives us a fairly decent first look at what appears to be a beautifully constructed sci-fi freakout. SyFy knows that with Martin involved, it makes sense to not to skimp on the resources considering he’s in a league of his own as a world-builder, yet one of the interesting things here will be to watch what a much tighter Martin story looks like. With a small cast all marooned on a spaceship, Nightflyers has more in common with Star Trek than Game of Thrones, if Star Trek was a gorier, grittier version of itself.
SyFy has a lot of interesting projects right now, with Nightflyers at the top of the list. They’ve already releaesd two very interesting series in The Magicians and Channel Zero, with the Superman series Krpyton debuting this week.
The show has ace talent in front of and behind the camera. Dexter showrunner and Constantine co-creator Daniel Cerone is your showrunner, and stars Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) as Agatha, 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, David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris, and Brían F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) as Auggie.
Nightflyers debuts on Syfy this fall.
Featured image: Gretchen Mol is Agatha in Nightflyers. Courtesy SyFy.