Among Syfy Network’s announcements today was one that talked about the development of a series called Nightflyers. This is a George R. R. Martin novella from 1980 that won a Seiun Award in 1983 for best Foreign Language Short Story. It would later be included in a anthology of the same name with five other short stories that included the award winning A Song for Lya.
Nightflyers is a science fiction tale set in the future on the eve of Armageddon. A crew of explorers escape Earth’s destruction by boarding the Nightflyer, a highly advanced space ship that is run by an artificial intelligence and has a captain that the explorers never get to see. The mission has them rendezvousing with a mysterious alien spacecraft, but as the journey continues question arise about just where the Nightflyer is really going.
This is not the first time the novella has been adapated. In 1987 a film was made by director Robert Collector (under the name T.C. Blake) and screenwriter Robert Jaffe. It starred Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed, John Standing and James Avery. The plot of the film differs a bit as a scientist hires a spaceship to take he and his crew to the source of a mysterious alien signal, but things go bad when the Captain falls in love with one of the female passengers and the ships artificial intelligence becomes homicidal.
Jaffe will return for this adaptation as a producer. Nightflyers is being developed with executive producers Gene Klein (Suits), David Bartis (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Doug Liman (Suits) of Hypnotic; Alison Rosenzweig (Jacob’s Ladder, Windtalkers) and Michael Gaeta (Jacob’s Ladder) of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions and Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder), who will write the adaptation.
Nightflyers joins Wild Cards in production (Wild Cards over at Universal Cable Production) to go along with the highly successful HBO series Game of Thrones, which is now being talked about for potential spinoffs.
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