Showtime Orders ‘The Vatican’ with Ridley Scott to Direct

by | December 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM | TV News

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Showtime has ordered a new series about the Vatican with none other than “Alien” and “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott on board to direct his first-ever TV pilot.

The series will naturally be called “The Vatican,” according to Deadline, and will be about “a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. The series will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world’s most hidden institutions.”

“The Vatican” now joins a bevy of other new series under consideration by the channel, including Liev Schreiber’s series “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex,” starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.