Series will star Jude Law.

FremantleMedia International has snapped up exclusive international distribution (outside of partner territories) to Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope. Production is set ot begin this summer.

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jude Law was confirmed for the lead role in the TV series, about a fictional American Pope who becomes the most conservative leader the Vatican has ever seen.

The eight-episode production, backed by Sky, HBO and Canal+, is due to shoot this summer.

Produced by Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV, executive producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons.

Executive producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal.