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George Clooney developing Watergate TV series at Netflix

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GEORGE Clooney and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman are developing a new series about Watergate at Netflix.

The eight-episode limited series will reportedly focus on the chief figures wrapped up in the scandal, including President Nixon.

The Watergate scandal took place in June 1972, when five men were arrested for breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington DC.

What followed was an investigation that revealed a cover-up by high-ranking White House officials that resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon two years later. The events have already been dramatized in the critically-acclaimed film All The Presidents Men.

Charman, who nabbed an Oscar nomination for his Bridge of Spies screenplay, is a writer very much in demand. He is currently producing the World War II film Liberty Road and has re-teamed with Bridge of Spies director Steven Spielberg and producer Marc Platt for a film about legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite.

Clooney, too, is busy and seems to be concentrating a lot of his creative efforts on the small screen. In addition to Watergate, the actor-director has an adaptation of Catch-22, based on Joseph Heller’s book, that he’s slated to star in and direct.

The six-episode mini is being written by Lion‘s Luke Davis and Animal Kingdom‘s David Michod.