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17 November 2017, 11:03
George Clooney is returning to television, nearly two decades since his last appearance on the hit medical drama ER.
The Hollywood star will direct and star in a TV adaptation of Joseph Heller's 1961 novel Catch-22, about the absurdity of war.
The announcement was made by Paramount Television, who will be backing the show which has yet to be acquired by a network for distribution.
Set in Italy during World War II, the novel follows US soldier Yossarian, fighting against a seemingly endless number of missions in order to be discharged from duty.
The phrase "catch-22" was coined by Heller, and is used to describe a maddening bureaucratic paradox where Yossarian declares insanity to avoid more missions but, by doing so, proves he is in fact sane.
Clooney will not play the lead character, but Commander Colonel Cathcart - the novel's main antagonist and a military hypocrite.
The show has been written and produced by Luke Davies, who wrote the award-winning drama Lion, and David Michod, the Australian indie sensation who directed The Rover and Animal Kingdom.
Clooney's move to television comes as Oscar-winning stars such as Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas also take on small-screen projects.
The 56-year-old actor broke out on television series such as The Facts Of Life, Roseanne and was part of the original cast of medical drama ER, playing Dr Doug Ross until 1999.
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