George Clooney returning to TV for Catch-22 mini-series

George Clooney returning to TV for Catch-22 mini-series

George Clooney returning to TV for Catch-22 mini-series

The Suburbicon director will direct and star in a limited series adaptation of Joseph Heller's 1961 novel Catch-22, per Variety.

The series will begin production in early 2018.

Based off of Heller's own experiences in World War II, the story follows the attempts of disillusioned bomber pilot Captain John Yossarian as he seeks to escape the madness and absurdity of war, only to be blocked at every turn by red tape and opportunistic superiors.

After a series of poor box office outings, George Clooney will head to the small screen for his next directorial effort.

Old times George hasn't starred in a television show since ER in 1999
Old times George hasn't starred in a television show since ER in 1999

Clooney will appear as Yossarian's commander, Colonel Cathcart, and we can already sense the best supporting actor Emmy nomination. Clooney's producing partner Grant Heslov will also direct a portion of the series. He has been nominated for eight Oscars total for writing, directing, and acting, eventually winning two for his supporting role in "Syriana" and Best Picture for "Argo", which he produced along with Heslov and Ben Affleck. He is in a tough situation because he hates embarking on risky combat missions but can't be relieved from duty because of the frustrating Catch-22 rule.

The novel has been adapted before, into a 1970 movie starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin and Bob Newhart.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Catch-22 will be written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) and will run for six episodes.

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