Channel 4 is going to air a six-part adaptation of the iconic novel Catch-22 starring Hollywood heartthrob, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner George Clooney.
Catch-22 is the 1961 novel written by Joseph Heller and the series will be executive produced and directed by Clooney himself.
What is Catch-22 About?
Captain John Yossarian who will be played by Christopher Abbott (Girls) is a US air force soldier in World War II, who can’t understand why thousands of people who have never met him want to kill him. Yossarian is a rebellious and fearful anti-hero, who is trying to survive the war against the odds.
Desperate to impress his superiors, Colonel Cathcart played by Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street) keeps raising the numbers of the missions his men have to fly.
Yossarian is driven half-mad by his will to live. He wants to complete his service and leave, but his efforts are blocked by Catch-22: a ridiculous bureaucratic rule which states that pilots don’t have to fly if they are certified insane, but unfortunately for the men the same rule also states that being driven mad by fear is a rational emotion, which therefore means the individual is sane and able to carry on with the mission.
Who Does George Clooney Play?
Clooney will play Scheisskopf, a training commander based at the cadet school in California.
Hugh Laurie will also have a part in the series, he takes on the role of Major De Coverley.
Speaking about his role George said:
“I’m very excited to be working with Channel 4 to bring the classic Catch-22 to their channel. I couldn’t think of a better place to be doing this”
Director of Programmes for Channel 4, Ian Katz said; “It’s hard to imagine a work that speaks more directly to the frequently absurd times we live in, and to the growing sense of individual distrust of institutions than Catch-22. David Michod and Luke Davis have produced a script that crackles with irony, anger and humanity. I’m thrilled that it will be part of our stellar 2019 drama offer.”
The President of Worldwide Television Licensing at Paramount Pictures Dan Cohen added; “We are very excited to be bringing this exceptional new series to the UK through this agreement with Channel 4. With an outstanding cast and award-winning creative team, we are confident that this adaptation of ‘Catch-22’ will resonate with a wide international audience.”
Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will be accompanying Clooney and Heslov with directing the series.
Catch-22 is set to air on Channel 4 in 2019.