Paolo Sorrentino's 'The Young Pope' Heading to Scandinavia

Jude Law, The Young Pope - H 2016
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FremantleMedia International has struck a deal with C More for Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland for the series, which sees Jude Law play the leader of the Catholic Church.

The first major international licensing deal for Jude Law drama series The Young Pope has been inked for Scandinavia, FremantleMedia and IMG announced Tuesday.

Ahead of its Venice debut, the 10-part series, directed by Academy Award-winner Paolo Sorrentino, will premiere across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland on Scandinavian SVOD and pay TV operator C More. Sweden’s largest commercial free-to-air network TV4 will also air the series after its run on C More.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Law stars as fictitious Lenny Belardo, who becomes Pope Pius XIII, the first American pope, an ultra-conservative and politically conniving leader of the Vatican. Academy Award winner Diane Keaton stars alongside Law as Sister Mary.

The series is a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal+ and will air in October across Sky's markets (United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Ireland and Austria) and in France on Canal+. HBO has not yet set a U.S. premiere date.

FremantleMedia, part of Bertelsmann's RTL Group, is in talks with other major countries for distribution and is expected to close multiple deals after the first two episodes premiere in Venice on Sept. 3.

Wildside, in which FremantleMedia has a majority stake, produced The Young Pope with executive producers Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons. Haut et Court TV co-produced the series with executive producers Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal.

”With the world-class director Paolo Sorrentino, a stunning cast including Jude Law and Diane Keaton, and the extremely talented Wildside and Haut et Court TV bringing the story to life, The Young Pope has become the most hotly anticipated drama of this year," said Jens Richter, CEO of FremantleMedia International.