George RR Martin's 'Nightflyers' Scores Series Order at Syfy, Sets Cast

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The Game of Thrones author will serve as an executive producer. Martin's novella, which had previously been adapted into a feature film in 1987 to a generally negative reaction, will be produced by Syfy's production arm Universal Cable Productions.

Nightflyers is one of two Martin literary properties that had been optioned by Syfy sibling UCP for TV series, along with Wild Cards.

Reuters/Robert GalbraithCo-executive producer George R.R. Martin arrives for the season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in San Francisco, California, March 23, 2015.

The series follows eight scientists, a telepath, a small crew and a reclusive captain who travel to the edge of our solar system in a ship called the Nightflyer to make contact with alien life. Netflix will co-produce and get the first shot at distributing the show outside the U.S.

Gretchen Mol ("Boardwalk Empire") will star as Dr. Agatha Matheson. "But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other - and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought", reads the synopsis for Nightflyers from Syfy. The 1987 film adaptation, directed by Robert Collector (Jungle Warriors), starred perennial 1980s movie love interest Catherine Mary Stewart and Dynasty's Michael Praed, manifesting with a limited release that grossed a paltry $1.145 million dollars at the box office (and sent Martin back to television to write for Beauty and the Beast).

Other cast include Sam Strike (Eastenders) as Thale, Teen Wolf's Maya Eshet as Lommie, David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris, and Fargo's Angus Sampson as Rowan.

However, Martin will also executive produce the Nightflyers along with David Bartis, Doug Liman of Hypnotic, and Gene Klein.

George R.R. Martin has a new project on the way but, unfortunately, it's not his long-awaited final book The Winds of Winter in his series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Andrew McCarthy, known for "Orange Is the New Black", will act as both a producer and a director.