George Clooney to direct & star in Good Morning, Midnight for Netflix

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

George Clooney, Good Morning, Midnight, Netflix

George Clooney is set to make his return to the director's chair for the first time since SUBURBICON, but this time he'll be taking on the leading role as well. It's been announced that Clooney has signed on to direct and star in an adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton's "Good Morning, Midnight" for Netflix. The sci-fi thriller 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."

The film will be scripted by Mark L. Smith (THE REVENANT) and production is expected to kick off in October. George Clooney and Smokehouse Pictures’ Grant Heslov will produce along with Anonymous Content and Syndicate Entertainment. "Grant and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this incredible project," said Clooney in a statement. "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, 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." This will mark Clooney's first starring role in a feature-film since MONEY MONSTER.

A synopsis for "Good Morning, Midnight" via Amazon:

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart.

George Clooney was recently seen in Catch-22, Hulu's adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel of the same name.

Source: Variety

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