The Young Pope sequel The New Pope coming to HBO

Jude Law and Silvio Orlando The Young Pope

United Kingdom satcaster Sky and HBO in the USA have joined forces on another Vatican-inspired drama, to be created and directed by The Young Pope's Paolo Sorrentino.

The Young Pope creator Paolo Sorrentino has returned for this sequel of sorts, which takes place in the same world as its predecessor.

The HBO and Sky joint production will be produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for FremantleMedia-owned Wildside in co-production with Spain's Mediapro Group. The worldwide distributor is FremantleMedia global.

In The Young Pope, Jude played the first American Pope who turned the Vatican upside down.

However, we're going to need to wait awhile for The New Pope - production is expected to begin in late 2018, with casting beginning soon. "The Young Pope" was sold to more than 110 territories.

Sorrentino, a Neapolitan, won the 2014 Best Foreign Film Oscar for his florid comedy "The Great Beauty" which some critics have compared to Fellini's masterpiece "La Dolce Vita". "Loro" translates as "Them" and is a homonym with "L'oro", which means "gold". Sources also told Variety that there will definitely be elements of The New Pope that "refer strongly" back to The Young Pope, and that some of the characters would return for the new series. The screenplay is being written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello.

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