Catch-22 series in the works from George Clooney

George Clooney to Direct and Star in 'Catch-22' Series From Paramount TV

George Clooney Headed to TV for World War II Drama

Almost two decades after George Clooney left the seminal medical drama ER, the actor is making a return to the small screen - and the only catch is the one in the title.

But George Clooney will soon be back on the small screen. The series is based on author Joseph Heller's 1961 novel of the same name, reported Variety.

The mini-series will be scripted by War Machine writer David Michod and Luke Davies, who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for adaptating the family drama Lion.

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

The novel follows the life of Captain John Yossarian and his squad mates who are part of the 256th Squadron.

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Clooney will star as Colonel Cathcart (played by Martin Balsam in the film), a commander who continues to increase the number of combat missions required before a soldier can return home.

Richard Brown and Steve Golin will executive produce for Anonymous Content, while Clooney and Heslov executive produce on behalf of Smokehouse. If he makes any attempt to avoid those missions, he'll be in a total "Catch-22" because of a "hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule".

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

Clooney will be playing the conniving USA army colonel Cathcart.

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