Nightflyers takes place in 2093, and follows a team of scientists aboard the space craft, the Nightflyer. Their mission is to make contact with extraterrestrial life, but then terrifying events begin to happen–not in the depths of space, but in the bowels of their own ship. Martin has described the story as “a haunted-house story on a starship” and “Psycho in space.” The spooky image of a little girl in a red raincoat definitely confirms those analogies, and so do audience reactions to the footage.
The show is based on Martin’s 1980 novella and a 1985 short story collection, which are set in the “Thousand Worlds” universe where many of Martin’s other works, like Dying of the Light and Sandkings, also take place. Jacob’s Ladder scribe Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation, and The Blacklist‘s Daniel Cerone serves as showrunner. The series stars Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Angus Sampson, who all showed up for the SDCC panel.
Nightflyers was ordered to series in January, and will air on SyFy this fall and on Netflixinternationally. What do you make of this new trailer? Will Nightflyers satiate your Game of Thrones needs? Sound off in the comments below!