George Clooney to make TV return for 'Catch-22' miniseries

Bessie Dean
January 14, 2018

George Clooney's series based on the novel Catch-22 is nearing a series order at Hulu.

AMERICAN actor and director George Clooney will produce, co-direct and act in the new series Catch-22, the star's first regular television role since he left "ER" almost two decades ago. The limited series comes from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Negotiations to stream the series via the online platform Hulu are under way, a source close to the matter told AFP, confirming several USA media reports.

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Adapted from the 1961 Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22, the series is set in Italy during World War II.

The role will mark Clooney's first regular television role since he broke out on the medical drama "E.R." in the early 1990s. Luke Davies and David Michod are Clooney's co-writers on the six-episode series. (Clooney will reportedly be co-writing the final episode with the duo.) Along with directing the show, he'll also play the role of Colonel Cathcart, the commanding officer who keeps increasing Yossarian's missions. The only way for a pilot to get out is to prove that he's mentally unfit to fly, but not wanting to continue flying unsafe missions proves a rational mind which means he's capable of flying.

The late Mike Nichols directed the 1970 adaptation of the book written by Buck Henry, which starred a young Alan Arkin (who starred in the Clooney-produced Argo) and an ensemble that includes Martin Balsam (who played Clooney's character), Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Martin Sheen and Henry.

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