Hulu is making a Catch-22 miniseries with George Clooney

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

With the streaming service's The Handmaid's Tale continuing to rack up award wins, Hulu is adding another adaptation of a literary classic to its library: Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22, which George Clooney will co-write, direct, produce, and star in.

This is Clooney's first TV series regular role since he left "E.R." in 1999.

Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart (played by Martin Balsam in the film), a commander who continues to increase the number of combat missions required before a soldier can return home.


The satirical story is set in Italy during World War II and centers on U.S. Air Force Captain John Yossarian, an U.S. Air Force bombardier. The novel explored the paradox of requirements where airmen who felt mentally unfit to fly were not obligated to do so, but anyone who applied to stop flying was sane enough to fly.

According to Deadline, Catch-22 originated a couple of years ago when Brown, following the first season of True Detective, which he executive produces, sat down with Lion writer Davies and Animal Kingdom and War Machine writer-director Michôd, who are longtime friends, to discuss properties the Aussie duo would like to tackle in a similar limited series format. If he tries to get out of his duty, he'll be caught in a paradoxical, bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22.

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