Earlier, we reported that there will be no second season of The Young Pope. Instead, HBO has ordered a second installment from creator Paolo Sorrentino called The New Pope. Recently, star Jude Law spoke with Variety about the future of the TV series.
A drama, The Young Pope stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, a conservative archbishop who becomes the first American pope. The cast also includes Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli, and James Cromwell.
In the interview, Law said he wasn’t expecting a second season of The Young Pope:
It wasn’t that I wrapped it up assuming that I was done with it but I went in, we went in, to make a 10-hour film, and we did that. To say that there wasn’t room for more, I’d have been foolhardy. But it was clear from the get-go that we thought this is a great character and it’s a great world that he’s created here. But yeah, I didn’t go in thinking I’ll be doing this for the next 10 years.”
Later, Law discussed how the current political climate could influence The New Pope:
We were fortunate in that the election in America and the political climate internationally seemed to suddenly demonstrate what Paolo had speculated on through the drama. And you could argue it played to our favor. But I think clever writing and good writers have a finger on the pulse, or have their antennae to the world’s peculiar sort of pendulum swings in social movements anyway. I think it would be foolish and irresponsible not to push that a little further in the current climate. It was a “what if” and suddenly it became an, “Oh, this is it.””
Production on The New Pope is scheduled to begin next year in Italy.
What do you think? Did you watch The Young Pope? Will you watch The New Pope?