George Clooney to Star in ‘Catch-22′ Adaptation From Paramount TV (Exclusive)

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George Clooney is returning to the screen that is small.

The Oscar winner and Emmy nominee is set to star and direct a limited series based from the seminal Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.

The project that is six-episode made by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, will not yet have a network. The package, co-written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michod (War Machine), would be shopped the following month. With a successful star in Clooney, it is likely to land a big fee at a deep-pocketed outlet.

Catch-22 was originally adapted into a 1970 Paramount feature film directed by Mike Nichols and Alan that is starring Arkin Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin and Bob Newhart. Richard Dreyfuss later starred in an ABC half-hour pilot produced by Paramount Television in 1973 that never went forward.

Catch-22 is set in Italy during World War II and tells the whole story of Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier attempting to fulfill his service requirements so they can go home. The novel explored the paradox of requirements where airmen who felt mentally unfit to fly are not obligated to take action, but anybody who applied to quit flying was sane adequate to fly.

Clooney will play Col. Cathcart, the role initially played by Balsam within the Nichols feature. Read more