HBO, Sky and Canal Plus have renewed the upcoming Jude Law-led drama series “The Young Pope” for a second season, even before its international rollout. The project, which is filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s first TV series, premiered its first two episodes at the Venice Film Festival last month to rave reviews.
Law stars as the fictional first American pope, an outrageously conservative figurehead who seems hell-bent on turning the world of the Vatican upside down. Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando and James Cromwell also star in the ten episode first season which was budgeted at $45 million – making it Italy’s most expensive TV production ever.
The series will air on Canal Plus beginning October 24th, on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and Ireland starting on October 27th, and on HBO in the U.S. early next year. Production for the second season is rumored to start by the end of this year.