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Hulu Teams With George Clooney to Bring CATCH 22 to the Small Screen

By on January 19, 2018

George Clooney. Photo by Kevin Mazur

Streaming giant Hulu confirms a full series order for Catch-22, a six-part limited series event from George Clooney, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content based on the original satirical war novel by Joseph Heller.

Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.

But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

Clooney is onboard to portray Colonel Cathcart, Yossarian’s commander who retroactively raises the number of combat missions his men must fly in order to be eligible to return home.

In Yossarian’s words “The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart. And don’t you forget that, because the longer you remember it, the longer you might live.”

Clooney will also direct the series alongside his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov.

The series will go into production in 2018.

Luke Davis and David Michôd are attached as co-writers and executive producers for the series.

“Catch-22 is a rare story that has withstood the test of time, not only as a literary masterpiece, but as a story that still resonates in today’s political and social conversation,” said Stillerman. “These are exactly the types of stories we want to be programming at Hulu, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with George Clooney, Paramount TV and this phenomenal group of creatives to bring one of the most well-known books of all time to viewers in a way that has never been seen before.”

Catch-22 will join a growing slate of premium original programming from award-winning creators on Hulu, including The Handmaid’s Tale, the upcoming limited series The Looming Tower, and Stephen King and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming series, Castle Rock.

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