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It’s official: Jude Law will play the American pope in Paolo Sorrentino‘s first-ever television series The Young Pope. Producers also said Sunday that HBO has boarded the project.
The series is a joint production of Sky, HBO and France’s Canal Plus. All eight episodes will be directed by Italian filmmaker Sorrentino and written by him in collaboration with Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.
The series revolves around a fictional American pope who becomes the most conservative one the Vatican has ever seen. The show is in the works at a time when Pope Francis is widely considered the most open-minded pope in recent times. The series is set in the U.S. and the Vatican.
The English-language series is targeted for international distribution.
The Young Pope is being produced by Wildside (1992) and co-produced by Haut et Court TV. Executive producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons, former Focus Features president of production. Executive producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal.
The Young Pope will be shot at Cinecitta Studios in Italy.
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