3:30 pm EST, January 14, 2018

George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’ ordered to series at Hulu

By Donya Abramo | Edited by Karen Rought

George Clooney’s Catch-22 adaptation has been picked up by Hulu and ordered to series.

According to Variety, Hulu has officially placed a series order for Catch-22, shortly after announcing they’d secured the show for the platform.

Catch-22 will mark George Clooney’s return to the small screen, but this time he’ll be both directing and starring in the limited series. Clooney will take on the role of Colonel Cathcart, though no further casting announcements have been made at this time.

The six episode series will be based on the Joseph Heller novel of the same name. Set in Italy during World War II, it follows Capt. John Yossarian, who is furious over a bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22. As explained narratively in the novel, that rule is as follows:

“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to, but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.”

Speaking of its acquisition of the limited series, Hulu chief content officer Joel Stillerman said, “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.”

“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.”

The show is set to enter production in early 2018. Clooney’s producing partner Grant Heslov is also slated to direct some of the series. Luke Davies and David Michôd will write, and also executive produce.

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