George Clooney has officially decided on a follow-up project to this year’s well-received Hulu offering, Catch-22, which will see him stray to rival streaming service Netflix for a feature length adaptation of Good Morning, Midnight.
Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Overlord) has penned the screenplay for Good Morning, Midnight based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s critically acclaimed sci-fi tome, and Clooney will direct and also star in the movie.
“Grant and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this incredible project,” said Clooney in a statement (via Variety). “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.”
“Having known and worked with George for over two decades, I can’t think of anyone better to bring this amazing story to life,” remarked Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film division. “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.”
Good Morning, Midnight Plot
Here’s the book’s official synopsis, to give you a taste of what to expect:
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 realises 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.
Good Morning, Midnight Release Date
Filming will get underway on Good Morning, Midnight in October, so this should hopefully hit Netflix in late-2020.