The Young Pope Gets A Second Season


Credit: Fremantle Media
Credit: Fremantle Media


Last month we bought you the first info about The Young Pope, the new series starring Jude Law.   The series premiered on Thursday, October 20th in Italy.

The good news is, thanks to an impressive response at The Venice Film Festival (VFF) the show already has a second season in the works.

Directed by Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino, who picked up the gong for  Best Foreign Language Film in 2014 with his movie The Great Beauty, The Young Pope is a collaboration between HBO, Sky and Canal Plus.  The announcement was made by producer Lorenzo Mieli at the premiere which took place in Rome.

The Young Pope was screened on Sky Italia, Germany and Austria on its Sky Atlantic channel on Friday.  Canal Plus will air it Monday and in the UK and Ireland it can be seen on Sky Atlantic beginning October 27th.   It should screen in the US and Australia early 2017.

In The Young Pope, Jude Law plays the central character, Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election seems to be the result of a simple yet effective media strategy on the part of the College of Cardinals. It would seem, however, that appearances can be deceptive.

Pius XIII  is in fact a chain smoking irrational Pope with a rather unconventional approach.  Which prompted Law to say in his recent Radio Times interview “I’m sure someone somewhere is going to be offended by it, but that’s what storytelling is about. Opening discussions, openly, freely and diplomatically … I’m all for that,”

Sorrentino said during the VFF that he aimed to look at the topic out of curiosity rather than meaning to provoke.  “It’s possible that after a very liberal pope, there is someone that might have very different ideas. I think it’s an illusion that the church has a long-term idea towards modernity,”.  In fact the series producers worked with consultants from the Catholic Church during shooting.

The Young Pope also stars  Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando and James Cromwell.


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