Catch-22, the high-profile limited series starring and directed by George Clooney, has landed at Hulu, which is finalizing a deal for a six-episode straight-to-series order. The project, written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, and to be directed by Clooney and Grant Heslov, hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.
Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart in Catch-22, which is set in Italy during World War II. This is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian, a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specified that people who were crazy were not obliged to fly missions, but anyone who applied to stop flying was showing a rational concern for his safety and was, therefore, sane and had to fly. “Catch-22” is in fact the origin story of the geopolitical here-and-now.