Magazine article Screen International

Sorrentino to Direct First TV Series

Magazine article Screen International

Sorrentino to Direct First TV Series

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The Oscar-winning director of The Great Beauty signs deal with Sky Italia and Wildside.

Sky Italia and Italian production compnay Wildside have secured a deal with Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino, who will write and direct his first TV series - The Young Pope (working title).

The 8 x 50-minute series will be written by Sorrentino in collaboration withStefano Rulli and Umberto Contarello.

The series will be entirely directed by Sorrentino and promises an international cast.

The Young Pope revolves around the figure of a fictional pontiff: the first Italian-American pope in history. The story is set in modern times and unfolds between the Vatican City, Italy, US and Africa.

Produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani's Wildside, The Young Pope will be a US co-production and will feature John Lyons as executive producer.

"Sorrentino is the first world-class Italian filmmaker who did not only decide to write and shoot a TV series for the world market, but to entirely write and shoot it himself" said Mieli and Gianani in a joint statement. …

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