Showtime has ordered an hour-long pilot of The Vatican drama scripted by Paul Attanasio which Ridley Scott is set to direct. Variety reports that the show offers a look behind-the-scenes of the Catholic church.
Sony Television produces the pilot which starts production some time in 2013. Scott Zucker and David Zucker are serving as executive producers alongside Attanasio.
Attanasio's written several TV and film offerings with film credits including:
- 1994's Robert Redford-directed Quiz Show starring Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro
- Barry Levinson's Disclosure thriller with Michael Douglas, Demi Moore and Donald Sutherland
- Mike Newell's Al Pacino and Johnny Depp starrer Donnie Brasco
- Sphere with Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson and Liev Schreiber on board
- The Sum of All Fears with Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman in the Phil Alden Robinson film.
TV-wise, he created "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Gideon's Crossing."