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George Clooney returning to TV in Catch-22 adaptation

19 November 2017, 02:34 | Jermaine Blake

George Clooney Will Star in and Direct 'Catch 22' Series

George Clooney makes TV return with ‘Catch-22,’ two decades after ‘ER

The six-part series, based on Joseph Heller's novel, will hail from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. According to The Tracking Board, he will direct and star in a new adaptation of Joseph Heller's Catch-22, one of the most significant novels of our time. Shooting will start early next year.

Catch-22 follows a United States soldier named Yossarian during World War Two, who is infuriated that his own army keeps raising the number of missions that a soldier must complete to be released from duty. The package - co-written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michod (War Machine) will be shopped in December. People who were mentally unfit were not obliged to fly missions, but those who applied to stop flying were said to be showing a rational concern for his safety and were therefore sane and had to fly. Also on board as a producer is Grant Heslov, who coproduced Argo alongside Clooney in 2012.

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"Catch-22" was previously adapted into a film in 1970 starring Alan Arkin as Yossarian and Martin Balsam as Cathcart.

56 year-old Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart in an adaptation of the 1961 satire, which follows an American soldier trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare while serving in World War Two. Clooney exited the show in 1999, and Catch-22 is his first major television project since. His directing credits include Suburbicon, which he also wrote and produced; The Monuments Men, The Ides of March, Leatherheads, Good Night, and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Richard Brown and Steve Golin will executive produce for Anonymous Content along with Clooney and Heslov under Smokehouse Pictures.



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