It is official – almost 20 years after ending his run as Dr. Doug Ross on E.R., George Clooney is returning to the small screen due to Hulu. The streaming service, which is driving excessive on the award season success of its critically-acclaimed drama The Handmaid’s Story, has claimed the Suburbicon director’s limited series adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22. Award-winning and nominated jumps to “status” TV reveals is all the craze with large film stars like Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins, so Clooney’s determination to take action himself looks like a sensible alternative.
The actor will star in and direct a six-episode, limited-series adaptation of the long-lasting novel, which Hulu’s new chief content material officer Joel Stillerman opened up about on the 2018 Winter Tv Critics Affiliation Press Tour, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“Catch-22 is a uncommon story that has withstood the take a look at of time, not solely as a literary masterpiece, however as a narrative that also resonates in right now’s political and social dialog,” Stillerman mentioned. “These are precisely the kinds of tales we need to be programming at Hulu, and we could not be happier to associate with George Clooney, Paramount TV and this phenomenal group of creatives to carry some of the well-known books of all time to viewers in a method that has by no means been seen earlier than.”
Excited to see this story be delivered to TV? Learn on to search out out all the opposite particulars we’ve about Catch-22 thus far.
Catch-22 follows US Air Pressure Captain John Yossarian as he will get caught up in a bureaucratic paradox in Italy within the midst of WWII. If a soldier declares madness to be launched from obligation in order to keep away from collaborating in harmful missions – solely an insane individual would proceed to fly into sure hazard – does not his declaration inherently show sanity? Our minds are already short-circuiting.
On the TCA, it was revealed that Paramount TV and Clooney plan to make the present “a world story” by taking pictures on location. That method, every episode will probably be “as correct to the supply materials as potential.” Along with filming all around the world, the producers hope to get their palms on authentic World Battle II planes (solely a handful have survived).
Clooney is the one actor hooked up to the venture for the time being. The film legend will seem as Yossarian’s commander, Colonel Cathcart, a task originated by Martin Balsam within the 1970 adaptation of Heller’s novel (we will already odor the Emmy nomination). Whereas talking on the TCA, Paramount head Amy Powell defined that the studio introduced Clooney on board early on. After sending all six scripts to the actor and his producing associate, Grant Heslov, Clooney quickly requested to have lunch to debate enjoying Cathcart.
“He had unimaginable instincts on the fabric,” Powell recalled. “He talked about how he wished to direct, what places may very well be used and the way he wished to solid contemporary faces to play the present’s younger troopers. It was a love fest.”
The Manufacturing Workforce
The Cash Monster actor is starring, directing, and producing all six episodes of the restricted sequence (of which there will probably be no second season, in accordance to The Hollywood Reporter), however he isn’t working alone. The sequence, which reportedly begins taking pictures in early 2018, is cowritten by Luke Davies and David Michôd, who can even government produce. Additionally on board as a producer is Grant Heslov, who coproduced Argo alongside Clooney in 2012.
The Premiere Date
Since taking pictures will not even begin till this yr, we will possible count on Catch-22 to hit TV screens someday in 2019.