There’s news on the George R.R. Martin front, but it has nothing to do with him finishing a book. It also doesn’t have anything to do with those Game of Thrones spinoffs we’ve been hearing about. Instead, the news involves Syfy ordering a pilot of a Martin book that has nothing to do with Westeros or dragons.
Before Martin was one of the most famous authors on the planet, he wrote a novella called Nightflyers. The book came out in 1980, and was actually turned into a movie in 1987. However, considering that nobody has ever heard of that movie, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to adapt the book as a TV show, and that’s what Syfy is planning to do. Chris McCumber of NBCUniversal, parent company of Syfy, described Nightflyers as “The Shining in space.” That’s a description that could probably be used for several prior sci-fi projects, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an apt way to describe Nightflyers. There are apparently aliens and a sinister computer. Basically, it’s horror in space, and Syfy is hoping to turn it into a series. The pilot has been written by Jeff Buhler, who also wrote the upcoming remake of Jacob’s Ladder.
There isn’t a cast yet, but it would be surprising if this doesn’t turn into a series. After all, they can attach Martin’s name to it, and that holds a lot of sway. If they can adapt lesser Stephen King, and sometimes the least of Stephen King, surely they can make something out of an old Martin novella, especially with a reasonable enough premise like this one.