Wortmann is chosen one to helm 'Pope'


Constantin Film confirmed Wednesday that director Sonke Wortmann is taking the helm of "Pope Joan," replacing Volker Schlondorff, who was fired after criticizing the concept of filming a theatrical release at the same time as a TV miniseries version (HR 8/30).

Wortmann, who directed World Cup soccer documentary "Germany: A Summer's Fairytale," reportedly campaigned for the job, beating several high-profile German directors, including Uli Edel ("Last Exit to Brooklyn") and Mennan Yapo.