George Clooney to Star in 'Catch-22' Adaptation From Paramount TV

George Clooney prepares for a triumphant return

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A plot of the project, consisting of six episodes, for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, was written by Luke Davis and David Michaud. It tells the story of Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. The limited series, based on a Joseph Heller novel, will be split into 6 parts.

Catch-22 is expected to start filming in early 2018.

While Clooney has been busy raising his twins, Ella and Alexander, making millions from his tequila company, and going on swoon-worthy dates with Amal in Italy, this role marks a homecoming for the actor, who got his big break on television.

The 56-year-old actor will play the role Yossarian's commander Colonel Cathcart.

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. Clooney's producing partner Grant Heslov will also direct a portion of the series. On the big-screen, Clooney's work includes an Oscar win for his supporting turn in Syriana and as part of the cast of best picture victor Argo.

The novel has been adapted before, into a 1970 movie starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin and Bob Newhart. He and Heslov are repped by CAA. Davies also is managed by Eva Lontscharitsch at EML Entertainment.

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