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Production Commences On SYFY's 'Nightflyers' Series In Troy Studios
07 Feb 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Production has commenced on the highly anticipated Syfy series ‘Nightflyers’, which is filming in Limerick’s Troy Studios. Production is said to have gotten underway on the new show yesterday (Tuesday, February 6th), and is expected to continue until August.

The ‘Nightflyers’ production was initially only scheduled to shoot the pilot over a 16-week stay at Troy Studios, but news soon followed that a potential deal with Netflix could see the show obtain a series order. IFTN reported as early as November that Netflix had agreed a worldwide distribution deal, which was later officially confirmed by the network in January.

The series, which is based on George R.R. Martin’s 1987 Novella ‘Nightflyers’ is being produced by NBC Universal & Universal Cable Productions. The show which will initially air on Syfy in the US, will be available on Netflix worldwide following its television broadcast.

This deal marks another significant step forward for Ireland as it continues to market itself as an attractive destination and film location for international productions. The Irish Film Board (IFB) in turn granted the production €850,000 in the latest funding decisions released last month, making ‘Nightflyers’ the biggest funding decision of Q4.

‘Nightflyers’ is expected to employ roughly 500 people during its filming at the 350,000 square foot Troy Studios. The ‘Nightflyers’ series marks a significant moment for the studio as it opens its doors to an international production for the first time. Innovate Limerick’ CEO Conn Murray estimates that the production could in turn see a €70 million knock on into the local Limerick economy.

The show is also expected to employ a large number of extras as MovieExtras.ie last month issues a casting call for  applicants on a ‘secret production’ in Limerick that was unsurprisingly later revealed to be the Syfy production.

The cast for the series was confirmed last month with Gretchen Mol (‘Boardwalk Empire’) set to star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, alongside Eoin Macken (‘The Night Shift’) as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (‘Fast & Furious 6’) as Roy Eris, Sam Strike (‘EastEnders’) as Thale, Maya Eshet (‘Teen Wolf’) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (‘Fargo’) as Rowan,  Jodie Turner-Smith (‘The Last Ship’) as Melantha Jhirl and Brían F. O'Byrne (‘Million Dollar Baby’) as Auggie.

Jeff Buhler (‘Jacob’s Ladder’) who wrote the adaptation for television, will executive produce alongside Daniel Cerone (‘The Blacklist’) who will also serve as showrunner. Martin will also executive prod., along with Gene Klein (‘Suits’), David Bartis (‘Suits’) and Doug Liman (‘Live. Die. Repeat’) of Hypnotic; Alison Rosenzweig (‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ ‘Windtalkers’) and Michael Gaeta (‘Jacob’s Ladder’) of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions. Robert Jaffe (‘Nightflyers,’ - 1987) will produce, along with Macdara Kelleher of Fastnet Films & Eoin Egan of Pinewood Productions Ireland. Andrew McCarthy (‘Orange is the New Black’) will be a producer-director on the project. Mike Cahill (‘I Origin’) will direct the pilot.

‘Nightflyers’ follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer - a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain -- in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other -- and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions & NBC Universal. Netflix will co-produce and have first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S. The show, produced in Ireland, is moving forward with the support of the Government of Ireland, through the Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board.




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