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Nightflyers Trailer – George R.R. Martin’s New Show Looks More Like ‘Psycho in Space’ Than Game of Thrones
The new George R.R. Martin-based TV series couldn’t be further from Westeros, but the latest trailer for Nightflyers has a few things in common with Martin’s Games of Thrones, namely blood and dead bodies.
Syfy has shared the first look at the new series, which is based off Martin’s 1980 sci-fi horror book that follows eight scientists and a telepath on a mission to contact alien life in the far reaches of the solar system. But the crew members on their ship, the Nightflyer, start to mysteriously die one by one (that part, at least, is extremely Thrones).
The novella’s path to television is a little confusing. Martin sold the Nightflyers film and TV rights to writer and producer Robert Jaffe in 1984. Jaffe wrote the screenplay for a film version of Nightflyers, which he also helped produce. The movie, directed by Robert Collector, came out in 1987. Jaffe is now a producer on the TV show—which will be Syfy’s most expensive original series of all time—with Netflix acting as a co-producer. While Martin is on an exclusive contract with HBO and can’t contribute writing (he will be credited as an executive producer), this TV series is intended to follow his original novella closer than the movie. As Martin himself describes in this teaser, it’s like “Psycho in space.”
And hey, even though there aren’t any dragons, there’s still the possibility of some light incest to appease those real George R.R. Martin fans. Nightflyers is set to premiere this fall.