The first trailer has been released for Catch-22, the upcoming limited series adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 satirical novel.
Executive produced by George Clooney, who also directs two episodes and is in front of the camera as a character named Scheisskopf, Catch-22 follows WWII bombardier Yossarian (Christopher Abbot), whose odds of completing missions and returning alive continue to worsen as his colonel (Kyle Chandler) raises his number of missions. Making the risks and insanity of war worse is the bureaucracy of the military, who invert logic and have come up with the ridiculous titular by-law: if you fly these missions it means you’re crazy and thus don’t have to – if you ask, but asking not to means you’re sane enough to do so.
At least from this first look, this new adaptation on the renowned piece of literature appears to be very promising indeed. It looks equally dark and hilarious, and something that will hopefully benefit from all the talent involved. Longtime Clooney collaborator Grant Heslov (Argo, Good Night and Good Luck) is also exec producing and also directs two eps; as does Ellen Kuras, the cinematographer (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) turned director whose previous TV credits include Ozark and Legion.
Also starring Hugh Laurie, Daniel David Stewart, Austin Stowell, Rafi Gavron, Graham Patrick Martin, and Pico Alexander, among many others, Catch-22‘s six-episode run will be hitting Hulu on May 17.
Hulu’s official synopsis for Catch-22:
Christopher Abbott is Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive”. His odds of success at such a simple aim keep getting worse, because Colonel Cathcart (Kyle Chandler) keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly. More than the retreating Germans, the real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is Catch-22, a military by-law which states that if you fly your missions, you’re crazy, and don’t have to fly them; all you have to do is ask. But if you ask not to, then you’re sane, and so you have to fly them. George Clooney stars as the barking mad, parade-obsessed Scheisskopf. Hugh Laurie is the mellow, slightly checked-out Major de Coverley. Clooney directs the six-episode series, along with Grant Heslov and Ellen Kuras.