LOS ANGELES-George Clooney is to direct and star in a TV miniseries adaptation of Joseph Heller's satirical novel "Catch-22". The dad of two will portray Colonel Cathcart, a group commander for the U.S. Army who will do anything to please his superiors, according to Variety. The film is set in Italy during WWII and tells the story of a U.S. Air Force flyer named Yossarian, who is ordered to keep increasing the number of risky missions he must fly to complete his service.
Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov will direct.
Catch-22 - originally adapted into a feature film in 1970 from Paramount Pictures and directed by Mike Nichols and starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin and Bob Newhart.
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Catch-22 is the first acting gig for George in quite some time, as his last significant appearance was in 2016's Money Monster. 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. Joining in on the adaptation duties is Luke Davies and David Michod.
Clooney and Heslov are repped by CAA.
Cathcart is the brains behind the ridiculous Catch-22 rule which disqualifies any pilots for service if they're willing to undertake knowingly deadly missions, however a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty. The actor will also take part in the production of the series.
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