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US pope subject of TV series.

ROME * Fresh from his Oscar win for best foreign film, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's next project is a TV series about a fictional American pope.

Sorrentino, who won for his sumptuous, stream-of-consciousness feature "La Grande Bellezza" ("The Great Beauty"), will now direct an imaginary pope named Lenny Belardo. The actor chosen to play the Roman Catholic pontiff has not been announced.

The working title for the series is "The Young Pope." The 43-year-old director hopes to create fictional mysteries and scandals within the walls of the Vatican.

The Italian production company Wildside, Rupert Murdoch's Sky TV, and U.S. producer John Lyons are co-producing the project.

The series will include eight 50-minute episodes with an international cast and will be shot at the Vatican, Italy, Africa and the U.S.

In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Wildside's Lorenzo Mieli predicted that the imaginary pope would rival other complex characters, including Tony Soprano in "The Sopranos," Walter White in "Breaking Bad" and Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."

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Date:Apr 25, 2014
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