Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22 will be developed into a miniseries for television by Passenger, the production company behind HBO crime drama True Detective. Luke Davies (who wrote the screenplay for Life, the recent biopic of James Dean) will adapt the book for TV, with David Michod, best known for his directorial work on Animal Kingdom, set to direct the series. Richard Brown, executive producer of True Detective and head of Passenger called Catch-22 one of the greatest American novels of all time.
The book has been adapted for screen before. In 1970, it was made into a film directed by Mike Nichols and starring figures including Alan Arkin, Art Garfunkel and Martin Sheen. 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of this deeply satirical novel, a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane.