Catch 22 is a six-part limited series based on the 1961 Joseph Heller’s novel of the same name. Co-written by Luke Davies and David Michôd, who also will both executive produce, the adaptation is set in Italy during World War II. It tells the story of Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy — it is his own army, 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 specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that 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.
The series was originally to be directed by David Michôd, but will now be directed by George Clooney (who will also star as Colonel Cathcart) and Grant Heslov due to David’s unavailability and involvement in another upcoming project (The King).
Production companies are Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Smokehouse Pictures. Paramount Television will distribute and is in negotiations with Hulu.