'Catch-22' Miniseries on the Way; George Clooney to Star and Direct

George Clooney to Direct and Star in 'Catch-22' Series From Paramount TV

George Clooney Headed to TV for World War II Drama

Clooney will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on USA author Joseph Heller's darkly comedic 1961 novel Catch-22, for Viacom Inc's Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, shooting in early 2018, the studio said.

The scripts were co-written by Luke Davies ("Lion") and David Michôd ("War Machine"), who both executive produce.

While Clooney has been busy raising his twins, Ella and Alexander, making millions from his tequila company, and going on swoon-worthy dates with Amal in Italy, this role marks a homecoming for the actor, who got his big break on television.

Previously made into a feature film by Mike Nichols (The Graduate) - where Alan Arkin played the lead, Col. John Yossarian - the six-episode series is being produced for the Paramount Network by Anonymous Content, and has now signed George Clooney to co-star as Colonel Cathcart.

Richard Brown and Steve Golin will executive produce for Anonymous Content, while Clooney and Heslov executive produce on behalf of Smokehouse. If a soldier declares insanity to be released from duty so as to avoid participating in unsafe missions - only an insane person would continue to fly into certain danger - doesn't his declaration inherently demonstrate sanity?

Clooney, 56, appeared in the medical drama ER 1994-99. That's the catch-22.

George will star as the somewhat malicious Colonel Cathcart in the series.

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