Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is coming to Syfy, but he's trading dragons and swords for space exploration.

Syfy cousin Universal Cable Productions will produce the show, with Netflix a coproducer and global rights holder.

Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist, Dexter, Constantine, The Mentalist, Dirty Sexy Money) cowrote the series, and will serve as showrunner; Martin will of course, executive produce, and we'll update you on a premiere date when the announcement is made.

AMERICAN cable television channel SYFY has confirmed a "series order" for George RR Martin's Nightflyers, which will be shot at Limerick's Troy Studios.

For the rest of the casting, we can look forward to seeing Eastenders' Sam Strike as Thale, Teen Wolf's Maya Eshet as Lommie, Fargo's Angus Sampson as Rowan, and The Last Ship's Jodie Turner-Smith as Melantha Jhir.

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NIGHTFLYERS follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer - a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain - in the hope of making contact with alien life. However, when violent and inexplicable events begin befalling the small crew of the spaceship Nightflyer, they realize the journey will be far more unsafe than the every imagined. Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films along with Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions are also onboard.

Andrew McCarthy (Orange is the New Black) will be a producer-director on the project. Martin will also have an EP credit, and Mike Cahill (I Origin) will direct the pilot.

Robert Jaffe, who wrote the screenplay for the 1987 Nightflyers film, is onboard the series as a producer.

Martin, who is now working on the sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series on which the Game of Thrones TV series is based, is also involved in developing several potential Thrones spin-offs for HBO.

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