A-list film star George Clooney is making his return to television armed with a classic novel, Catch-22.
On Thursday, Paramount Television confirmed Clooney, who left NBC's ER in 1999 to pursue a successful film career, will direct and star in a six-episode limited-series adaptation of Joseph Heller's World War II novel. Alan Arkin played the lead character, Captain Yossarian, in Mike Nichols' well-regarded 1970 film of the same name.
In the adaptation, Clooney will portray Colonel Cathcart, who was played by Martin Balsam in the earlier film.
No network is yet attached to the project and no other casting has been announced.
Clooney and Grant Heslov, who serve as executive producers, will direct the limited series, which is being produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
Set in Italy, Catch-22 will tell the story of Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier who doesn't like the increasing number of flight missions being assigned. He is exasperated by a bureaucratic rule, Catch-22, which specifies that being concerned for one's safety is proof of sanity.
Clooney recently directed Suburbicon, a feature film starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac which struggled at the box office.