George R.R. Martin has a new project on the way but, unfortunately, it’s not his long-awaited final book The Winds of Winter in his series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The author has yet another TV series on the way, this one based on his 1980 novella Nightflyers, and it sounds nothing like Game of Thrones.
Syfy announced its plans to pick up the new show on Friday (it will be co-produced by Universal Cable Productions and Netflix), and it already has a cast. Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) will star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, while Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Brían F. O’Byrne have also signed on to the project.
Here’s the official synopsis from a press release:
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.
Spaceships and aliens? This sounds very different than the world of Game of Thrones.
As we await the long-coming winter (and the final Thrones episodes, which won’t come until 2019), this new series might just be enough to hold us over.