New Sorrentino papal drama in the works

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

HBO and Sky have teamed up on "The New Pope", a new limited series to be directed by Sorrentino that will not be a second season of "The Young Pope".

It's fair to say that Paolo Sorrentino cooked up one of the TV events of a year ago by plonking a mitre onto Jude Law's bonce and putting him in The Young Pope, a controversial tale of a (relatively) fresh-faced pontiff with a dodgy past and some radical ideas.

"The Young Pope" followed American Lenny Belardo, who is elected as Pope Pius XIII and turns out to be an intensely conservative maverick with plans to remake the Vatican.

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Sky Italia chief of content Andrea Scrosati told Variety: "Just like The Young Pope, Sorrentino is writing the script for the new show, but it will have a different twist than what would be expected". Producers Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani of Wildside are also returning and will be working in co-production with Mediapro. FremantleMedia International will handle global sales.

But before production begins, Sorrentino (who won a foreign-language Oscar in 2014 for The Great Beauty) will next shoot the movie Loro, about Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister. There is no world yet if Law will appear in the new series.

As the title suggests, The New Pope will be following a new papacy and as such the original cast, including Jude Law, are not expected to reprise their roles.