George Clooney to Direct and Star in Hulu’s Catch-22


Deadline reported, George Clooney will direct and star in the adaptation of Catch-22 by American author Joseph Heller.

Hulu will premiere the six-episode series. Written by Luke Davies and David Michôd, Grant Heslov will also direct from  Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.

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Clooney and Heslov executive produce via Smokehouse Pictures alongside Davies and Michôd as well as Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin. Filming is slated to begin early this year.In his first TV role since the end of ER, Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart in Catch-22, which is set in Italy during World War II. This is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian, a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specified that people who were crazy were not obliged to fly missions, but anyone who applied to stop flying was showing a rational concern for his safety and was, therefore, sane and had to fly. “Catch-22” is in fact the origin story of the geopolitical here-and-now.

Catch-22 originated a couple of years ago when Brown, following the first season of True Detective, which he executive produces, sat down with Lionwriter 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. Davies brought up Heller’s novel, which the trio agreed would benefit from a longer treatment than the two hours in Mike Nichols’ 1970s feature.