Netflix has announced that George Clooney will both direct and star in an upcoming adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s Good Morning, Midnight. Although we don’t know for sure when the project will be coming out, Netflix revealed that the movie is already in pre-production and the filming is expected to start in October.
In the press release, the streaming giant revealed that Mark L. Smith has adapted the screenplay while Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures will be joining Clooney to direct the upcoming movie. The movie will be Clooney’s first direction since 2017’s Suburbicon and he seems to be excited for the latest project if his words are anything to go by.
“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,” Clooney said.
Interestingly, Netflix confirmed that the movie won’t be titled Good Morning, Midnight. The book tells the story of a lonely scientists in the Artic who manages to contact with the crew of the Aether spacecraft as they try to return home to Earth in a post-apocalyptic world.
While we will have to wait to see how the upcoming adaptation turns out, Netflix is definitely optimistic about the project. Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film division said, “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.”
If you have followed Netflix’s recent releases, then the latest news shouldn’t really come off as a major surprise. Last year, Alfonso Cuaron nearly won the streaming service a Best Picture Oscar for Roma. At the moment, Michael Bay is working on 6 Underground among many other highly anticipated projects. Just recently, Netflix broke record for biggest opening for an original with Murder Mystery. As Netflix is set to face tough competitions ahead after launch of Disney+, expect Netflix to bring more high-profile celebrities on-board to develop its contents in the coming months.