“Insanity Is Contagious”: Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” to Be Adapted into a Miniseries
Passenger, the production company responsible for True Detective, will pilot the new adaptation.
Even though it’s been a few decades since the last earnest go at it, a few attempts have been made in the past to adapt Joseph Heller’s landmark WWII novel Catch-22. Most prominently, there was Mike Nichols’ 1970 feature, which starred Alan Arkin and featured a memorable supporting cast of actors like Bob Newhart, Martin Sheen, and Art Garfunkel (Paul Simon’s assurance in “The Only Living Boy in New York” that the “part’ll go fine” was in reference to this role), but the project has proved to be less than definitive.
In a just-announced deal, Passenger, the production company behind True Detective, will attempt their own definitive take by developing a miniseries adaptation of Catch-22. While the project is still in the early stages, Luke Davies (of the upcoming James Dean biopic Life) is tasked with the script, and David Michôd (best known for the family/crime drama Animal Kingdom) will direct. They have not yet signed with a channel for broadcast.
As for casting, who knows? Maybe the McConaissance is about to take a strange and unexpected turn?