The Young Pope is an Italian-Spanish-French drama television series created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino for Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+. The series stars Jude Law as the disruptive Pope Pius XIII and Diane Keaton as his confidante Sister Mary, in a Vatican full of intrigues. It was co-produced by European production companies: Wildside, Haut et Court TV, and Mediapro.
The world premiere of The Young Pope was on 3 September 2016 at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, where the first two episodes were screened out of the competition. It was the first time in the history of the festival that a TV series was a part of the program. The series premiered on television on 21 October 2016 on Sky Atlantic in Italy.