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George Clooney is time for the screen that is small.
The Oscar winner and Emmy nominee is set to star and direct a series that is limited from the seminal Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
The project that is six-episode made by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, does not yet have a network. The package, co-written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michod (War Machine), will likely to be shopped month that is next. With a successful star in Clooney, it really is likely to land a sizable 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 story of Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier attempting to fulfill his service requirements so they can go homeward. The novel explored the paradox of requirements where airmen who felt mentally unfit to fly are not obligated to do so, but anybody who applied to get rid of flying was sane enough to fly.
Clooney will play Col. Cathcart, the role initially played by Balsam in the Nichols feature. Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures producing partner Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck, Argo, The Ides of March) will direct and produce that is executive. The episodes were co-written by Davies and Michфd, that will also exec produce. Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin may also be on board as exec producers.
Catch-22 will mark Clooney’s go back to the small screen following his Emmy-nominated turn on NBC’s ER. His TV credits include Memphis Beat, Roseanne, Sisters and the known facts of Life. Regarding the silver screen, the actor’s work includes an Oscar win for his supporting turn in Syriana and as area of the cast of best picture winner Argo. Clooney was nominated for writing Good Night, and luck that is good scored lead actor Oscar nominations for The Descendants, Up in the Air and Michael Clayton. His directing credits include Suburbicon, that he also wrote and produced; The Monuments Men; The Ides of March; Leatherheads; Good Night, and Good Luck; and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. . . .