All About Italy (USA) - - Cinema - Sascha Mallinck­rodt

A US Air Force bom­bardier in World War II, Yos­sar­ian, is fu­ri­ous be­cause thou­sands of peo­ple he has never met are try­ing to kill him. How­ever, his real prob­lem is the fact that be­cause of rule Catch-22 he can’t dodge the ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of mis­sions he must fly to com­plete his ser­vice. Ac­cord­ing to Catch-22, in fact, a man can ask to avoid the as­signed mis­sion if he is in­sane, but a re­quest to be re­moved from duty is ev­i­dence of san­ity and there­fore makes him in­el­i­gi­ble to be re­lieved from duty.

The story of Yos­sar­ian will be told in the six-episodes mini-se­ries en­ti­tled “Catch-22” co-di­rected by Ge­orge Clooney, Ellen Kuras, and Grant Heslov. The se­ries, based on Joseph Heller’s satir­i­cal novel of the same name, first pub­lished in 1961, will star Clooney, Hugh Lau­rie, Christo­pher Ab­bott, and Kyle Chan­dler, and it will air in 2019 on Hulu in the United States, on Sky At­lantic in Italy and on Chan­nel 4 in the United King­dom. Clooney, on top of be­ing an in­ter­preter, and di­rec­tor, will also func­tion as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer with Grant Heslov, Luke Davies, David Michôd, Richard Brown, and Steve Golin. The se­ries is co-pro­duced by Para­mount Tele­vi­sion, Anony­mous Con­tent, Smoke­house Pic­tures, Sky Italia, and Chan­nel 4, and it will be en­tirely filmed in Italy, be­tween Sar­dinia and Rome.

Sky Italia ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent, pro­gram­ming An­drea Scrosati added: “We are very proud that a project like Catch-22 – a story that has shaped the mind­sets of en­tire gen­er­a­tions and still con­tin­ues to thrill them – is filmed al­most en­tirely in Italy, which in re­cent years has been able to fully show its creative and pro­duc­tion po­ten­tial, even at an in­ter­na­tional level. We were the first to be­lieve in such a po­ten­tial and creative her­itage that, also thanks to projects such as The Young Pope, are now rec­og­nized and ap­pre­ci­ated abroad too.”

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