'Nightflyers': George R.R. Martin Calls it "'Psycho' in Space"

Author George R.R. Martin just doesn’t write things that don’t have a high body count. The first trailer for his series Nightflyers features a behind-the-scenes look, complete with the author calling the series a “haunted house story on a starship.”

On Tuesday, SyFy released the first look at Nightflyers, a forthcoming horror/science fiction series based on the novella of the same name by George R.R. Martin. The famous A Song of Ice and Fire author wrote this novella in 1980, way before penning Game of Thrones

The sneak-peek at the show comes just after news on Monday that the first showrunner — Daniel Cerone — will be replaced by Jeff Buhler. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the showrunner of 12 Monkeys — Terry Matalas — was briefly brought in to “consult” on the series. The same source also reported that Martin won’t have “a heavy hand” in guiding the series, even though he is listed as its executive producer.

Here’s the offical description of the series for SyFy:

NIGHTFLYERS follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain – in the hope of making contact with alien life. 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.

In the preview video, Martin himself appears and describes the show as “Psycho in space.” And the footage backs him up. Not only is there a lot of blood, but the tone of the show feels like straight-up horror. It’s like the original Alien had a baby with Event Horizon.

There is no debut date for Nightflyers yet, but it is expected to hit SyFy in the Fall of 2018.

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