Clooney to make TV comeback with Catch-22 miniseries

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 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.

Catch-22, considered one of the most influential books of the 20th century, follows the exploits of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forse B-25 bombardier, and his fellow airmen as they struggle to maintain their sanity amidst the extreme wartime circumstances.

Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart in the story of Capt. John Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier who keeps being sent on unsafe missions to complete his service.

The role will mark Clooney's first regular television role since he broke out on the medical drama "E.R." in the early 1990s.

The limited series will be just six episodes long, said Amy Powell, president of Paramount Television - the studio producing the show along with Anonymous Content - in an interview with entertainment outlet Hollywood Reporter.

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.

Grant Heslov, who co-founded Smokehouse Pictures with Clooney in 2016, is also set to direct and exectuive produce the series.

George Clooney's series based on the novel Catch-22 is nearing a series order at Hulu. Yossarian keeps trying to get out of these missions by acting insane so he'll be declared in violation of Catch-22 and forbidden to fly.

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