Even though his last project, the miniseries ‘Catch-22’ went to Hulu, George Clooney is developing his next film for Netflix. Clooney will direct and star in an adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s book ‘Good Morning, Midnight’. Mark L. Smith (‘The Revenant’) is writing the screenplay, and it is possible that the film will have a different title than the book.
The post-apocalyptic tale follows the parallel stories of Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, and an astronaut on board the Aether spacecraft, which is trying to return home to Earth, as Augustine races to make contact with the spaceship.
“Grant and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this incredible project. Mark is a writer we’ve long admired and his script is haunting. We’re thrilled to be working with our friends at Netflix as well.”
Scott Stuber, the head of Netflix’s film division added:
“Having known and worked with George for over two decades, I can’t think of anyone better to bring this amazing story to life. The book is powerful and moving, and Mark’s adaptation is beautifully written. At its core, this is a story about human nature, and one that I know our global audiences will fall in love with, just like I did when I read it.”
In addition to acting in a supporting role, Clooney directed two episodes of Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’ and was an executive producer on the series. He hasn’t yet done a project with Netflix, although he did appear in the 2015 special ‘A Very Murray Christmas’. Clooney previously helmed the movies ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’, ‘Leatherheads’, ‘The Ides of March’, ‘The Monuments Men’, and ‘Suburbicon’. This marks his first film acting role since 2016’s ‘Money Monster’.
Clooney previously explored science fiction in ‘Tomorrowland‘, ‘Gravity’, and ‘Solaris’. Clooney is a two-time Academy Award winner, for supporting actor in 2005’s ‘Syriana’, and as a producer of 2012’s ‘Argo’.
Based on Stuber’s comments, the screenplay is ready to go, so expect this project to move quickly. Have you read ‘Good Morning, Midnight’? Are you excited to see it adapted into a film by George Clooney?