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George R.R. Martin Is Working on a New TV Show About Aliens

Cool—but what the hell's going on with 'The Winds of Winter'?
Photo of George R.R. Martin via Wikimedia Commons; GoT still courtesy of HBO

The Winds of Winter is coming… or maybe not. The sixth book of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series—the basis for HBO's hit Game of Thrones—has been in the works for six years. Last season, the show's plot line outstripped Martin's books, and Winter still doesn't have a publication date. Meanwhile, SyFy announced Thursday it's working with Martin on developing an adaptation of his 1980 science-fiction novella Nightflyers. Here's how the network described the new show:


Set in the future on the eve of Earth's destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship's artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.

Nightflyers is still in the early stages of development, but SyFy has already brought on producers Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), David Bartis (The O.C.), and Gene Klein (Suits). Martin's novella was previously adapted as a film (which he co-wrote) in the 1980s. The Nightflyers adaptation is part of a "reboot" of the SyFy network that also includes adaptations of classic science-fiction works like Brave New World and Stranger in a Strange Land.

It's unclear how what role Martin will play in the development, but the author is already involved in several other TV projects, including two possible Game of Thrones spin-offs. Meanwhile, A Song of Ice and Fire fans are left wondering if he'll ever just finish the damn books.

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