Well, it's official: according to Deadline, George Clooney's long-gestating Catch-22 limited series is clear for takeoff at Hulu. The series, adapted from the classic Joseph Heller novel of the same name, will find Clooney both co-directing and starring. Luke Davies is writing the script.
"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."
Clooney, as much as we love him, has been somewhat hit-or-miss as a director, but this material seems right up his alley. Timely, too. Added bonus: Clooney's involvement probably means the rest of this cast is gonna be stellar, so don't be surprised if some big names hop aboard this project.
You'll recall that this same project was previously set up at the Paramount Network. We're not sure what changed since November, but we're happy this one ended up with a home, anyway. We'll keep you informed as further Catch-22 updates roll in.