'Catch-22' Miniseries on the Way; George Clooney to Star and Direct

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The series doesn't have a network yet, with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content now shopping it around in a feverish bidding war. According to Deadline, Clooney is directing a six-part series based on Joseph Heller's novel, Catch-22, a 1961 satire about the U.S. Army.

The mini-series will be scripted by War Machine writer David Michod and Luke Davies, who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for adaptating the family drama Lion.

Catch-22 follows USA airman Yossarian as he attempts to avoid the fighting in Italy during World War Two.

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The novel has been adapted before, into a 1970 movie starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin and Bob Newhart. It revolves around the paradoxical rules of the time, which dictated that airmen who felt mentally unfit to fly did not have to do so, however anyone who applied to stop flying was deemed sane enough to continue. Clooney and Grant Heslov, who serve as executive producer, will direct the limited series.

George Clooney and a Catch 22 miniseries seem like a match made in farcical, black comedy heaven.

Clooney will star in the role of Colonel Cathcart. 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. So far, it has not been revealed when or how the Paramount TV and Anonymous Content project will air once it is ready.

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