A proposal for an update to the original 'Catch-22' movie, with budget layout and bibliography.

Essay by rufusthecatUniversity, Bachelor's November 2005

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'Catch-22' is a black comedy and was written in 1961 by American writer, Joseph Heller, and was set during the last year of World War Two on a small island called Corsica, west of Italy. The novel was then made into a movie in 1970, directed by Mike Nichols.

I will attempt to adapt the original story and modernise the achievements of the 1970 movie by setting this one on an aircraft carrier, south of Iraq, during the main bombing campaign of Baghdad in March/April 2003. This will bring the story right up to date and everyone knows about it as the war only happened two years ago. The film will open with the protagonist, Captain John Yossarian, sitting with his family at home. He awakens to find himself back in the infirmary of the aircraft carrier he his stationed on - the USS BUNKER HILL - faking the symptoms of liver disease.

Yossarian, pilot and bombardier of a Tornado GR-4 fighter jet, is convinced that his crew mates have turned on him and want to kill him. He attempts to convince the ship's doctor that he should be grounded from flying due to insanity, but the doctor explains new regulations, called Catch-22, which state that if a man does not wish to fly a bombing campaign then that proves he is sane as he shows concern for his own personal safety. It is the men who agree to fly straight away that are the truly insane ones. And the only way to stay grounded is to ask, so therefore proving yourself sane and condemning you to more flights. When the liver disease plan fails, Yossarian tries to delay missions as much as possible by sabotaging the ship and giving the crew food poisoning, by avoiding authority and using the...