Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel Good Morning, Midnight is being adapted on Netflix, and George Clooney is set to both direct and star in it. The novel was adapted for the screen by Mark L. Smith, who is best known for adapting The Revenant.
Clooney, as well Grant Heslov from Smokehouse Pictures, will produce the piece. Production is set to begin later this year in October.
The plot follows Augustine, a gifted astronomer in the Arctic, who spends his time studying the sky in search for evidence of how the universe began. In light of a catastrophic event, the scientists in the Arctic are forced to evacuate, but Augustine refuses. When all the other scientists have left, Augustine finds a peculiar child. He attempts to make contact with the spacecraft Aether as they attempt to return home.
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Good Morning, Midnight was named one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Review of Books. It was Published via Random House back in 2016.
“Having known and worked with George for over two decades, I can’t think of anyone better to bring this amazing story to life,” said Netflix film boss Scott Stuber, according to Deadline. “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.”
Clooney has stated his excitement in working with Smith. “Grant and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this incredible project,” Clooney said. “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.”
This adaptation marks his first venture into direction since Paramount’s “Suburbicon” in 2017. It is also the first film he has starred in since “Money Monster” in 2016.
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