The project, from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, will be shopped to networks. The six-episode series is co-written by Luke Davies and David Michod.
The story revolves around John Yossarian, a US Army bombardier in World War II. The novel explores a paradoxical requirement, known as the Catch-22 rule, that says any airman who was mentally unfit to fly did not have to do so, but applying to be exempt due to being mentally unfit showed signs of sanity and therefore required the pilot to continue his duties.
Clooney will play the role of Colonel Cathcart and direct a number of the six episodes, with his producing partner Grant Heslov also taking on some directing duties.
Richard Brown and Steve Golin will executive produce for Anonymous Content, while Clooney and Heslov executive produce on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures and Davies and Michod will serve as EPs as well.
Catch-22 was previously adapted into a film by Mike Nichols.
Clooney has not acted in a TV series since leaving ER in 2000, though he did return in 2009 in the show’s final season to an official farewell to his and Julianna Margulies’ characters.
This marks one of the biggest moves yet for an A-list movie star looking to do projects on TV. He joins Julia Roberts, starring on Amazon’s Homecoming, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Withrspoon on Apple’s untitled morning-show set drama, Sean Penn on Hulu’s The First and others.
Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are also developing a horror TV series from director Alfonso Cuaron starring Casey Affleck.
Clooney is represented by CAA.
Linda Ge | TV Editor