A joint production between Sky, HBO and Canal + will see an eight part drama series, The Young Pope, begin filming this summer.
The saga will be written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino and stars two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law in the title role. The Young Pope is produced in collaboration with Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.
“The clear signs of God’s existence. The clear signs of God’s absence. How faith can be searched for and lost. The greatness of holiness, so great as to be unbearable when you are fighting temptations and when all you can do is to yield to them. The inner struggle between the huge responsibility of the Head of the Catholic Church and the miseries of the simple man that fate (or the Holy Spirit) chose as Pontiff. Finally, how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one’s neighbor. That is what The Young Pope is about.” – Paolo Sorrentino
The Young Pope tells the controversial story of the beginning of PIUS XIII’s Pontificate, born Lenny Belardo (Law). A complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor. He is a man of great power who is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications to his authority. During the series, Belardo will face losing those closest to him and the constant fear of being abandoned, even by his God. A man who is however not afraid of undertaking the millennial mission of defending that same God and the world representing Him.
Production on the drama will begin this summer and continue through early 2016. The series will film predominantly in Italy with additional locations to include the United States, Africa and Puerto Rico. The series is being produced by Wildside, and co-produced by Haut et Court TV for HBO, Canal+ and Sky.