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

Director George Clooney is interviewed at the premiere for

George Clooney and a Catch 22 miniseries seem like a match made in farcical, black comedy heaven.

The show will span six episodes, and will be based off Joseph Heller's famous satirical novel Catch-22.

Co-written by Luke Davies and David Michôd, who also will executive produce, the adaptation is set in Italy during World War II.

The project also marks the return of Clooney two decades after he left the acclaimed series, ER. The title Catch-22 refers to a specific instance that says if a pilot is unable to fly an aircraft he should resign, but if he is aware enough to resign due to mental illness he is fine to continue his duty.

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Catch-22 follows a USA soldier named Yossarian during World War Two, who is infuriated that his own army keeps raising the number of missions that a soldier must complete to be released from duty.

Clooney and Grant Heslov, who serve as executive producers, will direct the limited series, which is being produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

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'. Alan Arkin played the film's lead role, while Martin Balsam portrayed Cathcart.

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

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