Jude Law’s political, edgy take on the holy father of the Roman Catholic Church—HBO’s miniseries The Young Pope— was a critical hit. And in some ways, it was important. If it proved nothing else, though, it showed us that a fictionalized pontiff makes for a more compelling character than anyone suspected. So HBO is making another Pope-based miniseries. This one, Vulture reports, is called The New Pope (because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it).
As the similar title suggests, The New Pope will be a spinoff of Young Pope, also written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello. No casting decisions have been made, and production will start in Italy late next year.