Showtime goes inside 'The Vatican'
Ridley Scott to direct pilot for network's latest original drama
By Kenny Herzog Dec 21, 2012 8:58AM
Soon enough, everyone involved creatively with the "Alien" trilogy will be producing or directing a new cable drama. First, there was USA's blockbuster announcement that "Aliens"/"Terminator"/"Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd is shepherding their upcoming, interplanetary period piece. Now, Showtime has successfully recruited Oscar-nominated "Alien" director/"The Good Wife" Executive Producer Ridley Scott to step behind the camera for the pilot episode of their latest scripted offering, "The Vatican."
As you may have surmised from its title, "The Vatican" will, in the network's own words, "explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world's most hidden institutions." (And to think, all this time we thought that was Hot Topic.)
Scott's fellow Oscar nominee and longtime "House" executive producer Paul Attansio (he wrote the screenplays for "Donnie Brasco" and "Quiz Show") has penned the early "Vatican" script and will serve as EP. All of which is to say, the future of this project sounds promising, and it might be Showtime's perfect complement to "Homeland" -- provided audiences can withstand that much geo-political intrigue in one sitting.
Dec 22, 2012 12:38PM
Why do I think this has "agenda" written all over it. Check that .......... Why do I KNOW this has agenda written all over it. I vote for Dice-Clay to play the pope.
Dec 22, 2012 11:30AM
Sounds like a drama not a documentary. Given the type of programming that Showtime presents, I doubt that this will be honest or complimentary...that would make it boring to the viewing public.
Dec 22, 2012 8:21AM
OMG Congrats man! Buzz Aldrin here.
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