Channel 4 has boarded the six-part adaptation of Catch-22 as UK broadcaster.
The series is executive produced and directed by George Clooney. Clooney will be joined by Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, “Bloodline”), Hugh Laurie and Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), with further cast to be announced.
Clooney will play the role of Scheisskopf, a training commander based at the cadet school in California. Laurie will play Major de Coverley.
“I’m very excited to be working with Channel 4 to bring the classic Catch-22 to their channel. I couldn’t think of a better place to be doing this,” said George Clooney.
Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, Channel 4, added; “It’s hard to imagine a work that speaks more directly to the frequently absurd times we live in, and to the growing sense of individual distrust of institutions, than Catch-22. David Michôd and Luke Davies have produced a script that crackles with irony, anger and humanity. I’m thrilled that it will be a part of our stellar 2019 drama offer.”
“We are very excited to be bringing this exceptional new series to the UK through this agreement with Channel 4,” said Dan Cohen, President, Worldwide Television Licensing, Paramount Pictures. “With an outstanding cast and award-winning creative team, we are confident that this adaptation of ‘Catch-22’ will resonate with a wide international audience.”
Catch-22 is produced for Hulu by Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, Clooney and Grant Heslov (Argo) on behalf of Smokeshouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown (“True Detective”) and Steve Golin (Spotlight) from Anonymous Content. Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michod (Animal Kingdom) are co-writing and Executive Producing the series alongside Clooney. Channel 4 is contributing to select aspects of the development of the project.
Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will be directing the series with Clooney and Heslov. The series is set to air on Channel 4 in 2019.
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