George Clooney to return to television with Hulu’s new ‘Catch-22’ miniseries

George Clooney
Cast member George Clooney attends the Japan premiere of the movie "Tomorrowland" in Tokyo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Actor George Clooney is making his long-awaited return to television in the form of Hulu’s new miniseries adaptation of the classic novel “Catch-22.”

The streaming service has confirmed that it has ordered the six-part miniseries, and shooting is expected to begin later this year. Clooney will co-write, direct, produce, and star in the series as Col. Cathcart.

This new series marks the return of Clooney to television, and it will be his first series regular role since 1999 when he left NBC’s “ER.” The veteran actor is a fan of the classic novel, and he reportedly came onboard after reading a draft of the series written by “Lion’s” Luke Davies and “War Machine’s” David Michôd.

Published in 1961, “Catch-22” tells the story of a United States B-52 bombardier named Capt. John Yossarian who was stationed near Italy during World War 2. Yossarian finds himself in a predicament that prevents him from leaving the war. He must fulfil a set number of missions before he can be discharged. However, the number of missions keeps being revised by his commanding officer, leaving the protagonist in a frustrating position.

If Yossarian tried to get out of his duty, he will be violate the sinister bureaucratic rule known has Catch-22, which says that people who are crazy are not obliged to fly missions, but anyone who wants to stop flying shows a rational concern for his safety and is, therefore, sane and have to fly.

“Catch-22’s” politically relevant narrative seems an appropriate match for Hulu, which has had tremendous success with its dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The critically-acclaimed drama won five Emmy Awards last year, cementing Hulu’s place as one of the biggest competitors in television. With other giant streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon continually expanding their offerings with more highly acclaimed content and prominent talent, the star power and critical acclaim of Clooney should be a huge help to the streaming company.