TV Critic’s Corner

More George R.R. Martin coming atcha

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I’ve already written about how HBO is developing four possible spinoffs of its megahit, “Game of Thrones,” which has only two seasons left. The cable network is desperate, I mean eager to keep its George R.R. Martin groove alive. Martin, who has a development deal with HBO, is involved in two of those projects.

In the meantime, Syfy has just announced a different Martin project, adapted from Martin’s 1980 novella “Nightflyers.” (In addition to fantasy, Martin has also written a number of science fiction books.) The channel is developing the series alongside three other notable book adaptations, of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Dan Simmons’s “Hyperion,” and Robert A. Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land.”

“Nightflyers” is set in the future, as a crew of human explorers tries to stop an alien spaceship and save humanity and the planet Earth. But wait, is their ship’s artificial intelligence trying to destroy them? And what’s the story with the captain, who no one has ever seen? The novella was adapted into a feature film back in 1987, directed by Robert Collector, written by Robert Jaffe, and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed, James Avery, and John Standing.


The Syfy adaptation will be penned by Jeff Buhler, who wrote an upcoming adaptation of the movie “Jacob’s Ladder.” The already busy Martin will not be involved in the project, which is probably a good thing. We wouldn’t want to distract him from his more important writing assignment — “The Winds of Winter” — any more than necessary.

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