George Clooney to direct and star in new Netflix film

This is the Academy-Award winner's first project with the streaming service.

George Clooney has signed onto direct and star in an adaptation of best-selling sci-fi novel Good Morning, Midnight for Netflix. 

Lily Brooks-Dalton's post-apocalyptic tale follows two parallel narratives, that of lonely scientist Augustine (Clooney) out conducting research in Antarctica and astronaut Sully onboard the Aether spacecraft who’s trying to return home to earth. 

Mark L. Smith, co-writer of Academy-Award winning film The Revenant, will author the screenplay while Clooney and Smokehouse Pictures’ Grant Heslov will produce. 

The film, which doesn’t yet have an official title or a release date, is due to begin production this October. 

“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 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.”

Further news on casting is expected to follow soon. 

This adaptation will be Clooney’s first feature film for a streaming platform and very first project with Netflix.

He recently starred in and directed a few episodes of Hulu’s take on Joseph Heller’s satirical war novel Catch-22 which is currently airing on Channel 4 here in the UK. 

Source: Variety 

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