Clooney makes TV return

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George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialised adaptation of "Catch-22", Paramount Television said on Thursday, almost 20 years after he left hit show ER to become one of film's biggest names.

The 1961 satirical novel by Joseph Heller will be adapted by writers Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michôd (War Machine) into a six-part television series.

It will be the second adaptation of the seminal Heller novel, Catch-22 having already been turned into a cult film in 1970 directed by Mike Nichols.

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Catch-22, considered one of the most influential books of the 20th century, follows the exploits of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forse B-25 bombardier, and his fellow airmen as they struggle to maintain their sanity amidst the extreme wartime circumstances. If a soldier declares insanity to be released from duty so as to avoid participating in unsafe missions - only an insane person would continue to fly into certain danger - doesn't his declaration inherently demonstrate sanity?

Clooney will play the role of Colonel Cathcart.

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content are reportedly partnering to produce the limited run series, and expect to begin production in 2018. Clooney's stint for a TV series was in medical drama "E R" in the early 1990s.

Catch-22 is the first acting gig for George in quite some time, as his last significant appearance was in 2016's Money Monster.

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