George Clooney Returning to TV With Adaptation of 'Catch-22'

18 November, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Raquel Nash
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The series is based on author Joseph Heller's 1961 novel of the same name, reported Variety.

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

Clooney's move to television comes as Oscar-winning stars such as Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas also take on small-screen projects.

Clooney's producing partner Grant Heslov will direct some of the series, and the episodes were co-written by Luke Davies and David Michôd, who will also executive produce.

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Clooney will be directing and starring in a miniseries adaptation of Catch-22 from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.

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.

The phrase "catch-22" was coined by Heller, and is used to describe a maddening bureaucratic paradox where Yossarian declares insanity to avoid more missions but, by doing so, proves he is in fact sane.

Catch-22 is the first acting gig for George in quite some time, as his last significant appearance was in 2016's Money Monster. Alan Arkin played the film's lead role, while Martin Balsam portrayed Cathcart.

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