The book was previously adapted as a 1970 film.
George Clooney is coming back to TV for a new series, thanks to Hulu.
The streaming network has ordered a six-part limited series based on the iconic novel Catch-22, which Clooney will produce, direct and appear in. Clooney will produce through his Smokehouse Pictures production company, alongside Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.
Hulu describes Catch-22 as the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.
Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart, Yossarian’s superior, who is in charge of raising the number of missions his men are required to fly before going home.
“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,” said Joel Stillerman, Hulu’s Chief Content Officer. “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.”
Catch-22 isn’t the only Clooney project coming to Hulu — the streamer also announced that it has acquired all 15 seasons of ER, which will be available starting today.
Laura Prudom is the Executive Editor of IGN TV. You can follow her on Twitter at @LauinLA.