George Clooney to return to TV in 'Catch-22' miniseries

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George Clooney is heading back to the small screen with "Catch-22".

Clooney will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on USA author Joseph Heller's darkly comedic 1961 novel "Catch-22", for Viacom Inc's Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, shooting in early 2018, the studio said.

Twenty years after making TV history as the much-loved Dr Doug Ross in the medical drama ER, the Hollywood A-lister is attached to star in and direct the project for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, according to Deadline.

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The episodes for the series have been written by Luke Davies and David Michod, who are also executive producing the project.

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.

As he grasps that his situation will nearly certainly lead to death, he tries various ways of getting himself out of the theater of combat, only to run up against the army's Catch-22 policy, which states that if one is rational enough to try to evade combat, they are sane enough to continue fighting.

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"Catch-22" filming could begin as soon as early 2018.

Clooney, 56, will play Yossarian's commander Colonel Cathcart, and direct alongside his producing partner Grant Heslov.

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