George R.R. Martin is the creator of the fantasy epic Game of Thrones, but he also wrote a horror/sci-fi novella in the 80’s and SyFy Channel is making it into a series with his blessing.
Nightflyers was Martin’s response to the argument that science fiction and horror genres are mutually exclusive.
“The inspiration for [‘Nightflyers’ and a previous novelette ‘Sandkings’] was a statement I read somewhere by a critic, to the effect that SF and horror was opposites, and fundamentally incompatible,” Martin wrote in a LiveJournal entry. “As a lifelong fan of both, that assertion struck me as nonsense, so I set out to prove it wrong by blending the two genres together.”
Martin recently sat down with the two men who are bringing the series to television: writer/creator Jeff Buhler who scripted the pilot and Daniel Cerone, who will helm the series.
“I was impressed by their enthusiasm and their plans for the series,” said Martin in a blog entry. “Cerone’s extensive list of previous credits includes The Blacklist, The Mentalist, and Dexter. Buhler’s previous writing credits include Eloise, Pet Sematary, and The Midnight Meat Train. He’s also been an actor and director.”
Martin says Nightflyers will be filmed in Ireland in a sound stage in Limerick, “which will give them access to the same great pool of Irish and British actors that GAME OF THRONES has tapped in Belfast (and considering how many characters we’ve killed, a lot of them should be available),” Martin wrote, with a side note, “((If by some miracles I actually complete enough of my other projects to create some free time, I’ve love to go over there and kill two birds with one flight by visiting both the GOT and NIGHTFLYERS sets… but that remains a long shot, given my current word load)).”
Nightflyers should debut this summer on SyFy in the US and go global on Netflix says Martin, that is if, “all goes according to schedule.”