Catch-22 TV Series From George Clooney Heads to Hulu



Hulu has picked up the George Clooney limited series based on Joseph Heller's 1961 novel Catch-22 from Anonymous Content and Paramount TV.

The project marks Clooney's first TV series regular role in almost two decades, after NBC's beloved "ER". The series was written by Luke Davies and David Michôd.

The series landed at the streaming service following a bidding war that ensued when Paramount TV and Anonymous Content's development of the project was announced late past year.

The satirical story is set in Italy during World War II and centers on U.S. Air Force Captain John Yossarian, an U.S. Air Force bombardier. The "Catch-22" of the title refers to the fact that anyone who is crazy can't be cleared to fly a combat mission, but anyone who claims to be crazy in order to get out of flying these missions is showing a rational concern for their own well-being, and thus cannot be may continue to fly missions. The book was made into a 1970 film that was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam and Bob Balaban. (Clooney will reportedly be co-writing the final episode with the duo.) Along with directing the show, he'll also play the role of Colonel Cathcart, the commanding officer who keeps increasing Yossarian's missions.