Paolo Sorrentino Planning A Silvio Berlusconi Film

Oscar-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (“Youth,” “The Great Beauty”) has confirmed he will next direct “Loro,” a drama about former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for Indigo Films.

According to Variety, Sorrentino is writing the screenplay for the Italian-language film which could start shooting as early as next summer. The title is Italian for ‘Them’ but, also similar to ‘L’oro’ which means gold.

Berlusconi is believed to be preparing to exit Italy’s political arena after more than two decades in the spotlight during which he served four times as prime minister. The film will be a “depiction of Berlusconi’s world, but not a scathing sterile criticism”

The project would mark Sorrentino’s first effort since he recently completed the ten-part English-language TV series “The Young Pope” starring Jude Law. The first two episodes premiered on Saturday at Venice, and the project will screen on HBO later this year.