Late last year, it was revealed that George Clooney was attached to direct and star in a six-episode limited series, based on the Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22.
When last we heard, the series hailed from Paramount TV, and had no network on board. According to a new report from Variety, the series is nearing a series order from Hulu. While the deal is not yet closed, Hulu is reportedly “preparing to offer a substantial commitment to the project.”
Indeed, ever since The Handmaid’s Tale launched on the streaming service, expectations have gone up in terms of what audiences expect from them, and something like Catch-22 could be a way for them to deliver on those new expectations.
Catch-22 is a classic, hilarious novel set during World War II on the fictional island of Pianosa, which is of the coast of Italy. It follows US Air Force Bombadier Captain John Yossarian, who is trying desperately to get out of the war. Clooney will direct some episodes of the series, and will take on the role of Colonel Cathcart, who constantly raises the number of missions each man needs to fly in order to complete their tour. In doing so, he hopes to please the brass and eventually become a general.
Should this deal go through, this series will mark Clooney’s first regular TV role since E.R. in the 1990s (even if it is only six episodes). This isn’t Catch-22’s first adaptation. Back in 1970, a film starring Alan Arkin hit theaters, but ultimately missed the mark in terms of capturing the book — a series is definitely a better fit for the source material.
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