German director Soenke Wortmann has come to the rescue of Constantin Film's planned adaptation of the Donna Cross bestseller Pope Joan after the previously attached director Volker Schloendorff was fired amidst much controversy last month.

Franka Potente is still expected to take the title lead role in the international project which is set to begin principal photography in the first half of 2008.

This project would mark a return for Wortmann to the production house who catapulted him into blockbuster status in German cinema with Maybe...Maybe Not (Der Bewegte Mann) in 1994.