There’s a big change at the top of Syfy’s upcoming space drama NIGHTFLYERS.
Showrunner Daniel Cerone, who boarded the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novella when it was officially picked up to series in January, has exited the project over creative differences.
The drama, based on Martin’s 1980 novella and the 1987 film of the same name, follows eight scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard the Nightflyer, a ship with a small tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain, in the hopes of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying events begin to take place, paranoia sets in and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone anticipated.
Early on Syfy brought in Netflix as a co-producer on what is being described as the most expensive drama the NBCUniversal-owned cable network has ever developed. Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) is set to star in the series, with Netflix having first-run rights to the show outside of the U.S.
After being put in development in May, the series was fast-tracked with Netflix boarding the project is September. The cast was formally announced in January along with the official pickup, which is when Cerone was brought in as showrunner.
Buhler penned the script and will executive produce the UCP drama. Robert Jaffe, who penned the feature film based on Martin’s novel is set as a producer, too. Andrew McCarthy will be a producer-director on the project. Mike Cahill will direct the pilot.
Cerone’s credits include Dexter, The Blacklist, The Mentalist, Charmed, and Constantine, among others. He is represented by WME.
This was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern