Hulu has released a “Making Of” featurette about Catch-22, its limited series starring Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, EP George Clooney and Hugh Laurie that premieres May 17 on the streaming service.
Here’s the logline for the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s seminal 1961 novel: The incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian (Abbott) is a U.S. Air Force 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.
The cast also includes Giancarlo Giannini, Daniel David Stewart, Rafi Gavron, Austin Stowell, Graham Patrick Martin, Gerran Howell, Jon Rudnitsky, Kevin J. O’Connor, Pico Alexander, Tessa Ferrer, Lewis Pullman, Josh Bolt, Jay Paulson, Julie Ann Emery and Grant Heslov.
The six-parter from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content is directed by Clooney, his Smokehouse Pictures partner Heslov and Ellen Kuras, who also serves as producer. Each helmed two episodes. Clooney and Heslov also exec produce alongside Richard Brown, Steve Golin and co-writers Luke Davies and David Michôd.
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