Catch-22 (miniseries)

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Based onCatch-22
by Joseph Heller
Written by
Directed by
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Italy
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • George Clooney
  • Grant Heslov
  • Luke Davies
  • David Michôd
  • Richard Brown
  • Steve Golin
  • Ellen Kuras
Production company(s)
Original network

Catch-22 is an upcoming satirical dark comedy miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller, that is set to premiere on May 17, 2019, on Hulu in the United States, Sky Italia in Italy, and Stan. in Australia. The series stars Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and George Clooney, who is also set to executive produce alongside Grant Heslov, Luke Davies, David Michôd, Richard Brown, and Steve Golin.


Catch-22 is described by Hulu as "the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Army Air Forces bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. 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."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]




Around 2014, Richard Brown sat down with writer Luke Davies and writer-director David Michôd to discuss properties that the duo would like to tackle in limited series format similar to True Detective, which Brown had just executive produced. Davies brought up Heller’s novel, which the trio agreed would benefit from a longer treatment than the two hours in Mike Nichols’ 1970s feature film. The production team traced the screen rights to the novel down to Paramount Television, where Anonymous Content has a deal. Davies and Michôd co-wrote the adaptation, which Brown developed at Anonymous. Michôd was originally set to direct until he recently became unavailable as a long-gestating feature film of his moved forward in production. The producers soon after mulled asking George Clooney to direct. He, along with his producing partner and frequent collaborator Heslov, quickly came on board as directors and executive producers.[3]

On November 16, 2017, the production was officially announced but a network had yet to be determined.[4][5] On January 12, 2018, it was announced that Hulu was in negotiations for the series.[6] Two days later, it was officially confirmed that the production had been given a six episode order.[3][7][8] On March 16, 2018, it was announced that Ellen Kuras was joining Clooney and Heslov in directing the limited series. The trio is set to direct all six episodes with each one directing two apiece. Kuras is also expected to serve as an executive producer for the miniseries as well.[9] On May 7, 2018, it was announced that Italy's Sky Italia was joining the production as a co-producer.[10][11]


Alongside the series order announcement, it was reported that in addition to directing the series George Clooney had been cast in the role of Colonel Cathcart.[4] On March 9, 2018, it was announced that Christopher Abbott had been cast in the lead role of John Yossarian.[12][13][14][15] On April 3, 2018, it was announced that Hugh Laurie had joined the main cast in the role of Major _____ de Coverley.[16][17] On April 13, 2018, it was announced that Clooney would no longer be playing the role of Colonel Cathcart and would instead assume the smaller supporting role of Lieutenant, (later Colonel and eventually General), Scheisskopf. It was simultaneously announced that Kyle Chandler would be replacing him in the role.[18] On May 3, 2018, it was reported that Daniel David Stewart, Austin Stowell, Rafi Gavron, Graham Patrick Martin, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky, Gerran Howell, and Lewis Pullman had joined the supporting cast as members of the "Merry Band."[19] A few days later, it was announced that Tessa Ferrer and Jay Paulson had been cast as Nurse Duckett and The Chaplain, respectively.[20] Towards the end of the month, it was reported that Giancarlo Giannini had been cast in the role of Marcello.[21] On June 13, 2018, it was announced that Harrison Osterfield had been cast in the role of Snowden.[22] On July 9, 2018, it was reported that Julie Ann Emery had been cast in the recurring role of Marion Scheisskopf.[23]


Principal photography was scheduled to commence at the end of May 2018 in Sardinia and Rome in Italy.[10][24] On July 10, 2018, George Clooney was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle to the set of the series. He was taken to a hospital in Olbia where he was later released that same day. Clooney was expected to spend a few days recovering from the accident before resuming filming.[25][26] Filming for the series concluded on September 4, 2018, in Santa Teresa Gallura, Italy.[27][28]



On December 19, 2018, a series of images from the series were released.[29] On February 11, 2019, the first teaser for the series was released.[30] The series will premier on May 17, 2019.[31]


In the United Kingdom, the series is set to air on Channel 4.[10] In France, the series is set to air on Canal+.[32]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Rice, Lynette (January 14, 2018). "George Clooney will star in and produce 'Catch-22' for Hulu". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
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  20. ^ Petski, Denise (May 8, 2018). "'Catch-22': Tessa Ferrer & Jay Paulson Cast In George Clooney's Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  21. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (May 21, 2018). "'Catch-22': Giancarlo Giannini To Co-Star In George Clooney's Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  22. ^ Petski, Denise (June 13, 2018). "'Catch-22' Casts Harrison Osterfield; Noel Fisher Heads To 'Castle Rock'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (July 9, 2018). "'Catch-22': Julie Ann Emery Set To Recur In George Clooney's Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  24. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (April 25, 2018). "Hulu Beyond 'Handmaid's Tale': Execs and Stars on a Promising Yet Uncertain Future". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  25. ^ Messia, Hada; Delgrossi, Sara (July 10, 2018). "George Clooney involved in scooter accident in Italy". CNN. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  26. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (July 10, 2018). "George Clooney Suffers Minor Injury In Bike Crash Near Italian Set Of 'Catch-22'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
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  32. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (July 30, 2018). "Canal+ Scores French Rights To George Clooney's 'Catch 22' Series From Paramount". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 30, 2018.

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