New TV drama series Nightflyers - based on a 1980 novella by Game of Thrones author George RR Martin - will film as a full series at Troy Studios in western Ireland. The show was unofficially picked up in September as part of ongoing negotiations with Netflix to become co-producers, which now has first-run rights outside of the U.S.
Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television and will executive produce the show with Daniel Cerone, who will also serve as showrunner.
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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We learned from Martin's "Not a Blog" LiveJournal in November that Syfy was developing Nightflyers as a 10-episode series, with a planned premiere of July 2018. However, as the ship closes in on its destination, it becomes apparent that the Nightflyer's onboard AI and its elusive captain - with mysterious motivations - may be leading the crew on a primrose path ending in the hopeless, horrific darkness of deep space.
Production will take place in Ireland, with the Irish government supporting it through its Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board.
Martin will executive produce, along with Gene Klein, David Bartis and Doug Liman of Hypnotic; Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions. Andrew McCarthy will be a producer-director on the project. Mike Cahill will direct the pilot. Martin will be credited as an exec producer, though he is not expected to have a heavy hand in Nightflyers given his overall deal with HBO, where he's now co-writing two of the four potential Game of Thrones follow-ups in the works.