George Clooney’s ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ Getting TV Treatment at AMC
Good Night, and Good Luck is getting the TV treatment at AMC.
George Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov brought the project to the basic cable network for development. AMC’s script to-series development model has opened a writers room to develop a serialized version. The movie was co-written and directed by Clooney. While Good Night, and Good Luck is currently in its early stages, AMC is eyeing it as a six-episode series that will be produced in-house by AMC Studios.
Jonathan Glatzer, whose credits include AMC’s own Better Call Saul and HBO’s Succession, is set to serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside the film’s Clooney and Heslov, with the latter to direct the pilot should the drama move beyond the development stage. The film’s Mark Cuban, Todd Wagner and Haley Jones for 2929 Productions and Jeff Skoll and Miura Kite for Participant are also attached as exec producers.
“AMC is well-known for its deep-rooted characters, which are captivating and evocative. Sy Steingartner is a great fit for AMC’s icons and we are excited about developing the character and series,” said Dan McDermott (president entertainment and AMC Studios, AMC Networks). “We love Jonathan’s storytelling skills, George and Grant’s production prowess, Grant’s directing skills, Mark, Todd, and Jeff’s vigorous talents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them in this new endeavor .”
Clooney, Patricia Clarkson and Tate Donovan star. The movie explores media responsibility and takes its name form the expression Edward R. Murrow used to sign off on the air. Six Oscar nominations were made for the movie, including best picture and director, actor (for Strathairn).
Here’s how AMC describes the potential series: Good Night, and Good Luck showrunner Jonathan Glatzer has found his inspiration in the newsmen and women who worked alongside Edward R. Murrow amid a post-war climate of fear and hysteria. The series follows Sy Steingartner, a young cameraman for Murrow’s See It Now, who is forced to juggle his admiration for Murrow with his own ambition. Sy has the chance to rise to the top with the CBS brass pushing an anticommunist loyalty oath on Murrow’s staff. But he must betray his mentor. The series explores with wit and keen observation how we respond to chaos, and the values that help us get through.
“As a huge fan of the movie, it was impossible for me to just copy it or do a facsimile. Glatzer said that we have expanded the world to show how division and hyperbole of the time seeped into every facet of daily life. “I think it’s more of an origin story .”
Produced on a budget of $7 million, Good Night, and Good Luck grossed nearly $55 million at the worldwide box office. The film currently is certified fresh with a 93 percent score among critics and 83 percent rating among moviegoers on Rotten Tomatoes.
“We are exceedingly proud of the Oscar-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck film, and its themes remain frighteningly relevant today, as new threats to democracy arise and trust in the press continues to erode,” said Participant CEO David Linde. “We are proud to work with AMC, Smokehouse and 2929 to expand on the world of the film in this thrilling new series.”
The TV adaptation arrives as AMC is at a turning point after the conclusion of Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul and Emmy darling Killing Eve. The cable network is also in the midst of wrapping the flagship series in its Walking Dead franchise, with several other new spinoffs also in the works.
“Good Night, and Good Luck and the pressures faced by the men and women of the Murrow newsroom are more timely now than ever,” said Todd Wagner, CEO of 2929 Entertainment. “We are delighted to reunite with our partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov to bring Jonathan Glatzer’s vision of Murrow across the globe. This is the perfect collaboration because of AMC’s long history in character-driven storytelling.