Deadline is reporting that Hugh Laurie (House, The Night Manager) has signed on to star alongside George Clooney and Christopher Abbott in Clooney’s upcoming TV adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 for streaming service Hulu.
Catch-22 stars Abbott as U.S. Air Force bombadier Yossarian, “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.”
Catch-22 has been written by David Michod and Luke Davies, and is being directed by Clooney, Grant Heslov and Ellen Kuras for Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.