Toni Servillo, left, and Paolo Sorrentino accept the award for best foreign language film of the year for “The Great Beauty” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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Italy's Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino plans to make a debut television series entitled "The Young Pope" about Lenny Belardo -- a fictional first-ever Italian American pontiff, an Italian daily reported on Tuesday.The name of the actor who will play the Catholic leader in the eight-part 50-minute series has not been revealed but the plot will reportedly play out in the Vatican, as well as Africa, Italy and the United States.The series will be produced by Italy's Wildside, whose co-founder Lorenzo Mieli told Corriere that Sorrentino's foray into television was a key step for the industry in Italy on the international stage.
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