Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

George Clooney to star in and direct Catch 22 TV series

George Clooney to star in and direct Catch 22 TV series

Catch-22 is the first acting gig for George in quite some time, as his last significant appearance was in 2016's Money Monster.

The 56-year-old Oscar-winning actor will direct all six episodes of the series along with his producing partner Grant Heslov, while Luke Davies and David Michôd will pen the script.

Director George Clooney is interviewed at the premiere for "Suburbicon" in Los Angeles, California, US, October 22, 2017.

The show has not yet been acquired by a network for distribution but is likely to draw eager bidders given Clooney's involvement.

Catch-22, considered one of the most influential books of the 20th century, follows the exploits of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forse B-25 bombardier, and his fellow airmen as they struggle to maintain their sanity amidst the extreme wartime circumstances. Yossarian's only way to avoid the missions is to declare insanity, but the only way to prove insanity is a willingness to embark on unsafe missions, thus creating the novel's absurd 'catch-22'.

George Clooney is returning to the small screen with'Catch-22' two decades after ER
George Clooney to star in and direct Catch 22 TV series

In the adaptation, Clooney will portray Colonel Cathcart, who was played by Martin Balsam in the earlier film. No network is now attached.

Clooney played Dr Doug Ross in the 1990's series, ER.

Richard Brown and Steve Golin will executive produce for Anonymous Content, while Clooney and Heslov executive produce on behalf of Smokehouse.

He hasn't starred in a television show since ER in 1999.

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