George Clooney will be venturing behind the camera once again to take the helm of Showtime’s political thriller series ‘The Department.’

Based on the series ‘The Bureau,’  “it will follow in the great tradition of ‘Homeland,’ one of the most successful and brand-defining shows at Showtime,” said Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime and Paramount Media. “Just as ‘Homeland’ elevated global espionage to new heights, ‘The Department’ will take viewers even deeper into a world of intrigue and subterfuge with complicated characters who struggle with their own demons as they fight existential threats to the nation and the world.”

The show centres on “the daily life and missions of agents within France’s principal external security service. It focuses on the ‘Bureau of Legends,’ responsible for training and handling deep-cover agents on long-term missions in areas with French interests. Living under false identities for years, these agents’ missions are to identify and recruit good intelligence sources.”

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Clooney and Grant Heslov will also serve as executive producers via Smokehouse Pictures. The show is based on the French series “Le Bureau des Legendes.” Production is slated to start later this year.

Keith Cox and Nina L. Diaz of MTV Entertainment Studios. David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, David Hutkin and Bob Yari of 101 Studios also executive produce along with Berger for The Originals Productions. Ashley Stern and Breton for Federation Studios/Federation Entertainment of America also executive produce. MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios produce.