We previously reported that George Clooney had signed on to star in a television adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. At the time of the article, the show had not yet found a network, but it’s been announced that Hulu has picked up the high-profile series.
Clooney is set to star, direct, and produce the limited series, which was written by Luke Davies and David Michôd and co-directed by Grant Heslov.
Catch-22 is set in Italy during World War II. As the book has transcended pop culture and entered the English language as an idiom, you probably know what the book and series is about already. Yossarian, a bombardier in the United States Air Force, struggles with a bureaucratic trap specifying who can and can not perform their duties – crazy people are not allowed to operate the heavy machinery, but anyone who applies to stop flying shows a rational concern for their own safety, and were then deemed sane enough to fly. Clooney will play the part of Colonel Cathcart.
Filming will begin early this year, but no expected air date has been released yet. I, for one, am psyched. If the past year’s literary television adaptations are any hint as to the quality and entertainment value of what we can expect, I’ll be quite happy.
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