Hulu's 'Catch-22' remake looks like the sarcastic war story we've all been waiting for

Entertainment

The first trailer for Hulu's remake of Joseph Heller's World War II satire Catch-22 just dropped, and it looks like it's going to be the dark, hilarious, and sarcastic war story you've been waiting for.


Directed by George Clooney, the six episode miniseries was announced last year and is set to premiere on May 17. An adaption of Heller's 1961 novel, it's not the first time the story has hit the screen — in 1970, Alan Arkin starred in a remake of the black comedy. But based on the trailer, Hulu's version will take a grittier approach to the the insanity, hypocrisy, and dangers of war and military service.

In an interview with Reuters, Clooney said the aim of book, and the series, was "to make fun of all the red tape and bureaucracy of war and the ridiculousness of war." In addition to directing, Clooney has a supporting role as Scheisskopf, a hardass training commander whose judgement and sanity are questionable at best.

"I think it still plays," Clooney added. "All of us spend our days and nights worry about those situations. This story is just reflecting on the insanity of it."

George Clooney, Christopher Abbott, Pico Alexander, and Lewis Pullman in Catch-22 (2019)(Hulu's 'Catch-22'/IMDB)

For those who haven't read the book or seen the original film, Catch-22 is not a heroic war story. Set during the height of World War II in Europe, it follows Capt. John Yossarian (played by Christopher Abbott in the Hulu series) as he does everything in his power to avoid being a hero — frantically dropping his payload as early as possible on missions, missing the target in the process, all so his plane can have a few more seconds to get the hell out of the area.

And the Army Air Corps bombardier is right to focus on self preservation; after all, war is fucking dangerous. Here's an exchange between Yossarian and his squadron-mate and foil, Clevinger, in Heller's original novel that sums it up:

"They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.

"No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried.

"Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.

"They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone."

"And what difference does that make?"

But it's not the German planes or anti-aircraft guns that are likely to get him and his fellow aviators killed, it's their own goddamn command, who insist on raising the number of required missions the men have to fly before they can rotate home. The only way to stay on the ground? Be so damn crazy you can't fly. And there's the titular catch: only a madman would fly, and if you want to be grounded all you have to do is ask, but if you ask you're clearly sane enough to fly.

In the words of Yossarian "That's some catch, that Catch-22."

Hulu's Catch-22 premieres May 17 on the streaming service.

See Also: History Channel special looks at the wartime service that shaped some of America's presidents

WATCH NEXT: Nic Cage Fire Birds Review

(British Ministry of Defense)

Robots in the air, on the ocean surface and on the ground guarded British Royal Marines as they stormed a beach during an important April 2019 war game.

The ground robot, in particular, is a new capability for the Royal Marines. The gun- and rocket-armed, tank-like unmanned ground vehicle could boost the naval branch's firepower while helping to keep human beings out of harm's way.

Alpha Company of the Royal Marines' 40 Commando and their robot guardians stormed a beach in Cornwall in southwest England as part of Exercise Commando Warrior. The Royal Marines' 1 Assault Group supported the naval infantry.

Read More Show Less
(Reuters/Henry Nicholls)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department unveiled 17 new criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, saying he unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired with and assisted ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining access to classified information.

The superseding indictment comes a little more than a month after the Justice Department unsealed a narrower criminal case against Assange.

Read More Show Less

The F-35 Joint Strike Program may be the most expensive weapons program in modern military history, but it looks as though the new border wall is giving the beleaguered aircraft a run for its money.

Read More Show Less

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — Three members of the defense team for Navy SEAL Chief Edward "Eddie" Gallagher were revealed on Wednesday to have close ties to the Trump administration amid reports the president is considering the veteran Navy SEAL for a pardon on Memorial Day.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Marc Mukasey, 51, and longtime Trump associate Bernard Kerik, 63, a former New York City police commissioner, have joined Gallagher's defense team in recent months, both men told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in response to a question from a reporter after a motions hearing, lead defense attorney Tim Parlatore confirmed that he had previously represented Pete Hegseth, the conservative Fox News personality who has been privately lobbying Trump since January to pardon Gallagher, according to The Daily Beast.

Read More Show Less
(DoD photo by Claudett Roulo.)

Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, who resigned in disgrace as governor of Missouri last year, is putting his uniform back on — just not as a Navy SEAL.

Greitens, who stepped down in May 2018 amid criminal charges related to an alleged extramarital affair, has become a reserve naval officer with Navy Operational Support Center — St. Louis, a spokeswoman for Navy Recruiting Command confirmed to Task & Purpose. The Kansas City Star first reported the news.

Read More Show Less