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One of the Greatest American Novels Is Now a TV Series

Dec 19, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A book that often comes up in discussions about the “Great American Novel” and is frequently cited as one of the most important novels of the 20th century is now a TV show. Hulu today released first-look images for “Catch-22,” from Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

The six-part limited series premieres in spring 2019. An exact date has not been announced.

“Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel of the same name, ‘Catch-22’ is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), 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,” Hulu says in today’s announcement. “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.”

The cast includes Christopher Abbott (Yossarian), Kyle Chandler (Colonel Cathcart), George Clooney (Scheisskopf), Hugh Laurie (Major de Coverley), Giancarlo Giannini (Marcello), Daniel David Stewart (Milo), Rafi Gavron (Aarfy), Austin Stowell (Nately), Graham Patrick Martin (Orr), Gerran Howell (Kid Sampson), Jon Rudnitsky (McWatt), Kevin J. O’Connor (Korn), Pico Alexander (Clevinger), Tessa Ferrer (Nurse Duckett), Lewis Pullman (Major Major), Josh Bold (Dunbar), Jay Paulson (Chaplain) and Julie Ann Emery (Marion).

The series is executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies and David Michod are co-writers and executive producers for the series.

“Catch-22” is directed by Clooney, Heslov and Ellen Kuras, who also serves as producer. Each directed two episodes.

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 Christopher Abbott as Yossarian in Hulu’s upcoming “Catch-22”

George Clooney as Scheisskopf in “Catch-22”

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