Surely no modern-day golden age of television would be complete without Clooney. Variety reports that George Clooney has signed on to direct and star in a limited series adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22. The book, set in Italy during WWII, follows Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier caught in a catch-22 over a bureaucratic paradox that a solider can declare insanity to be released from duty, but that by making such a request to prove unwillingness to embark on dangerous missions — such missions considered insane to participate in under that military rule — would technically demonstrate sanity. Clooney hasn’t been a regular face on TV since his breakout role on ER in the ‘90s, but he’s set to star in Catch-22 as Yossarian’s commander Colonel Cathcart. He’ll produce with Grant Heslov, who also co-produced Clooney’s Argo; Luke Davies and David Michôd will write the episodes. The show is set to film in early 2018, but there are currently no networks attached. Let the bidding war begin!
He’s coming back to TV. Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb