While the Game of Thrones author continues work on the next installment of that epic book series, along with two other potential Game of Thrones spinoffs, Syfy has confirmed its moving forward with Nightflyers, an adaptation of a 1980 novella written by Martin.
Nightflyers follows the crew of a science vessel travelling into interstellar space hoping to contact extraterrestrial life.
We learned from Martin's "Not a Blog" LiveJournal in November that Syfy was developing Nightflyers as a 10-episode series, with a planned premiere of July 2018.
USA cable channel Syfy has announced that it has given the green light to the show, with Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) and Brían F O'Byrne (Love/Hate) set to star and writer Martin among the executive producers.
As well as the series order, Syfy also announced the show's primary cast, the scientist crew of the Nightflyer itself, tasked with exploring the outer edges of the solar system and ultimately surviving the terrifying encounters that await them.
Confirmed in a press release today, Nightflyers, which is being co-produced with Netflix, will air on Syfy in the USA, with Netflix having first-run rights internationally.
Martin has an executive producer credit but promised that he won't play an active role with the series, giving his blessing to Buhler and Cerone. Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films along with Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions are also onboard. Robert Jaffe will produce. Andrew McCarthy (the one from all of those teen movies in the "80s) will be a producer-director, while Another Earth's Mike Cahill will direct the pilot".
This week, it emerged the final season of Martin's Game of Thrones, which airs in the United States on HBO, would not launch until 2019.