We reported The Young Pope Season 2 renewal back in October. HBO and Sky Atlantic have now officially confirmed the second chapter, which sees the project shift course.
The second run of the HBO/Sky drama series will now transition into a new limited series, entitled The New Pope, featuring a new pope, story and cast.
The New Pope begins production late next year for a 2019 premiere.
UPDATED with press announcement:
Sky and HBO have today announced a joint production of The New Pope, a new series created and directed by Academy Award Winner Paolo Sorrentino, creator of the critically acclaimed The Young Pope. The new series will go into production late next year in Italy. The screenplay is being written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello and marks Sorrentino’s second limited series set in the world of the modern Papacy. The New Pope will be produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside, in co-production with Mediapro. The international distributor is FremantleMedia International.
Casting for the role of the new Pope, as well as additional roles, will soon be underway. More information will be provided when available.