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

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

The six-episode series hails from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ER star will act in and direct a TV adaptation of Catch-22.

Clooney will play World War Two commanding officer Colonel Cathcart in the proposed TV event, who repeatedly refuses the appeals of a United States airforce soldier determined to get back home.

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Almost two decades after George Clooney left the seminal medical drama ER, the actor is making a return to the small screen - and the only catch is the one in the title. Joining in on the adaptation duties is Luke Davies and David Michod. The novel explored the paradox of requirements where airmen who felt mentally unfit to fly were not obligated to do so, but anyone who applied to stop flying was sane enough to fly, creating the catch-22 of its title.

Clooney and Grant Heslov will direct. Richard Brown and Steve Golin will executive produce on behalf of Anonymous Content along with Clooney and Heslov via Smokehouse Pictures.

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"Catch-22" was previously adapted into a film in 1970 starring Alan Arkin as Yossarian and Martin Balsam as Cathcart. Clooney exited the show in 1999, and Catch-22 is his first major television project since.

Clooney will star as Colonel Cathcart.

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Clooney and Heslov are repped by CAA. He is angered by a bureaucratic rule, Catch-22, which specifies that being concerned for one's safety is proof of sanity.

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