In 'The Young Pope', which premiered at last year's Venice film festival, Jude Law plays a fictional first American pope called Lenny Belardo as a chain-smoking, Machiavellian character. (hbo.com/the-young-pope/File)
Paolo Sorrentino, the Oscar-winning film director who scored a small-screen hit with "The Young Pope", is to make a follow-up series called "The New Pope."
Distributor Fremantle announced Tuesday that the new series, a joint production of HBO and Sky, will go into production in Italy later this year with a screenplay written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello.
Casting will begin soon.
The role of pontiff was played in the critically and commercially successful first series by Jude Law but there was no immediate word on whether the English actor would reprise what may well be an older role.
Italian director and member of the Feature Film jury Paolo Sorrentino waves as he arrives on May 16, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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In "The Young Pope", which premiered at last year's Venice film festival, Law plays a fictional first American pope called Lenny Belardo as a chain-smoking, Machiavellian character.
The series, which also starred Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando and James Cromwell, also included many surreal sequences that were well received by audiences not necessarily used to the whims of European arthouse cinema.
Sorrentino was the director of 2013's "The Great Beauty," which won the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 2014 Academy awards.
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