George Clooney returning to TV for Catch-22 mini-series
Eighteen years after his departure from the cast of ER, George Clooney is returning to television, having signed up for a limited series adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
Clooney will play World War Two commanding officer Colonel Cathcart in the proposed TV event, who repeatedly refuses the appeals of a US airforce soldier determined to get back home.
The mini-series will be scripted by War Machine writer David Michod and Luke Davies, who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for adaptating the family drama Lion.
Designed to run for six episodes, the adaptation is currently being shopped to American broadcasters and streaming services.
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. Alan Arkin played the film's lead role, while Martin Balsam portrayed Cathcart.
Clooney shot to fame as Dr Doug Ross on the seminal Nineties medical drama ER. He transitioned to film in between seasons, appearing in the likes of Batman & Robin and Out of Sight, before leaving the series all-together in 1999. He has since gone on to become one of Hollywood's biggest A-listers, winning two Oscars in the process.
Appreciative of his roots, he returned to ER for a brief guest starring role in its final season in 2009. It remains his sole post-ER TV appearance up until now.