The Young Pope is an English-language Italian drama television series created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino for Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+. The series stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton. 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.
The Young Pope was originally designed as a limited series, and it was marketed as such especially in the United States. However, Wildside producer Lorenzo Mieli announced on 20 October 2016 that a second season of the series was in development. The project was later revealed to be a follow-up limited series called The New Pope, with Law returning and joined by John Malkovich, whose production is set to begin in Italy in late 2018.