George Clooney is returning to television!! The actor will star and direct a six-episode limited series based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22. The project, co-written by Luke Davies and David Michod, will be shopped around next month to find a network.
Catch-22 is set in Italy during World War II and focuses on Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier trying to fulfill his service requirements so he can go home. The novel explored the paradox of requirements where airmen who felt mentally unfit to fly were not obligated to do so, but anyone who applied to stop flying was sane enough to fly.
The story was adapted in 1970 into a film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin and Bob Newhart.
Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures producing partner Grant Heslov will direct and executive produce the project. The episodes were co-written by Davies and Michôd, who will also exec produce. Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin are also on board as exec producers.
Clooney’s TV credits include NBC’s ER, Memphis Beat, Roseanne, Sisters and The Facts of Life. Film credits include Syriana, Argo, Good Night, and Good Luck, The Descendants, Up in the Air and Michael Clayton. Directing credits include Suburbicon, which he also wrote and produced; The Monuments Men; The Ides of March; Leatherheads;Good Night, and Good Luck; and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.