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Showtime scores Ridley Scott to direct the pilot episode of its new series The Vatican

Dec. 21, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Ridley Scott - directing Body of Lies

Ridley Scott may honestly be the busiest man in the film business, or at least close to it - matched (but not eclipsed) only by the likes of Guillermo del Toro or Steven Spielberg, he directs as much as he can and produces whatever he cannot.  And whether or not you're a fan of his storytelling choices, I don't think it can be denied that for every five projects he becomes attached to and then abandons, the one he picks to press forward with always ends up a beautiful mess at the very least and a cinematic triumph at the very most.

Which bodes well for Showtime, as the channel has attached Scott to direct the pilot of the first series they have elected to pick up this season.  Titled "The Vatican", it is "described as being a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church [and] will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world's most hidden institutions." 

Paul Attanasio (DONNIE BRASCO, "House") will pen the hour-long pilot, and Executive Produce alongside Scott and David Zucker ("The Good Wife").  Surely to be full of as much fact as it is dramatic fiction, the series' description coupled with the creative team behind it sound to me to have all the makings of a fascinating and unique storytelling opportunity.  More as we hear it regarding casting and air date and all that.

Extra Tidbit: Think they'll go the full DA VINCI CODE, or stay more rooted in the political machinations and intrigue of running one of the most widespread religions in the world?
Source: Coming Soon

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10:15AM on 12/21/2012

higgins1234

Simply because something is worse than another thing, doesn't absolve the first thing.
Also, organized religion is probably the root of everything that is wrong with the world today. No matter which one you pick.
Simply because something is worse than another thing, doesn't absolve the first thing.
Also, organized religion is probably the root of everything that is wrong with the world today. No matter which one you pick.
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4:16PM on 12/21/2012
So you're saying it's okay to rip on religions that cause less damage and leave the damaging ones alone?

Really?

No wonder you didn't figure out the post reply button :P

There is no excuse for religious persecution. A media campaign to smear one religion is just sickening. People think Muslims are mistreated but Catholics have it coming. Save your 11th grade history class BS...Christians are the LEAST damaging of any religion in history. Go do some reading and see for yourselves.
So you're saying it's okay to rip on religions that cause less damage and leave the damaging ones alone?

Really?

No wonder you didn't figure out the post reply button :P

There is no excuse for religious persecution. A media campaign to smear one religion is just sickening. People think Muslims are mistreated but Catholics have it coming. Save your 11th grade history class BS...Christians are the LEAST damaging of any religion in history. Go do some reading and see for yourselves.
3:05PM on 12/21/2012
Ridley Scott might not be the best director for this project. One's preference and approval depends on who one is and what one wants from this show. I am a Catholic, and I do not like reading this news. Scott is an iconoclast. He is an Englishman, and the British particularly do not like Catholics at times. Furthermore, Scott did Kingdom of Heaven, and that film indicates Scott's potential approach to Catholic Christianity. Also, higgins1234 might have a point about anti-Catholic literature.
Ridley Scott might not be the best director for this project. One's preference and approval depends on who one is and what one wants from this show. I am a Catholic, and I do not like reading this news. Scott is an iconoclast. He is an Englishman, and the British particularly do not like Catholics at times. Furthermore, Scott did Kingdom of Heaven, and that film indicates Scott's potential approach to Catholic Christianity. Also, higgins1234 might have a point about anti-Catholic literature. Or, he might not. Certainly, Muslims, Jews, and Evangelical Protestants encounter unflattering depictions of themselves too.
However, should others watch this The Vatican show if they wish? Sure. Why not? Everyone is capable of being a critical viewer. Anyone can separate a soap opera from a documentary and sensationalized fiction from truth. Some people need an anti-Catholic catharsis. This season's American Horror Story was likely all about certain people reacting to "perceived" intolerance and excesses.
So, I shall not watch this show. I wish that Showtime would not do this show. However, others are free to make, broadcast, and watch this stuff.
And, dare I say . . . GOD BLESS :D
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4:25PM on 12/21/2012
Current climate you can not under any circumstances attack anyone other than Christians and Catholics in mainstream media.
That standard is purposeful. Protestants nobody bothers. I don't think anyone wants a bunch of pissed off wasps showing the world who owns all the guns.
Current climate you can not under any circumstances attack anyone other than Christians and Catholics in mainstream media.
That standard is purposeful. Protestants nobody bothers. I don't think anyone wants a bunch of pissed off wasps showing the world who owns all the guns.
10:07AM on 12/21/2012

Love the director but loathe the idea. More attacks on specific religions? You know who is more secretive than The Vatican? Israel. Let's see a show about the dark side of that shithole

It's become fashionable to attack Catholicism for a reason. If anyone even says words that might be reorganized into a sentence criticizing the great and powerful Israelis they would be black listed. Insult a Muslim? Riots.
The lesson here is Christians and Catholics need to go batshit fucking insane when clever little show like this insult them if they expect to be treated fairly because that's the bar that's been set.
It's become fashionable to attack Catholicism for a reason. If anyone even says words that might be reorganized into a sentence criticizing the great and powerful Israelis they would be black listed. Insult a Muslim? Riots.
The lesson here is Christians and Catholics need to go batshit fucking insane when clever little show like this insult them if they expect to be treated fairly because that's the bar that's been set.
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10:45AM on 12/21/2012
The first GOdfather of crime in history was not Israeli or Muslim. He was catholic. And a Pope. Nuff said. The inquisition was not organized by jews or muslims. The witch burnigs in Salem were not, either. The holy wars were not either. Neither were knights turned saints afetr slaughtering enemies on the battlefield.
The first GOdfather of crime in history was not Israeli or Muslim. He was catholic. And a Pope. Nuff said. The inquisition was not organized by jews or muslims. The witch burnigs in Salem were not, either. The holy wars were not either. Neither were knights turned saints afetr slaughtering enemies on the battlefield.
4:22PM on 12/21/2012
lol
Somebody finished high school by the skin of his teeth huh?
The Godfather of crime is history? Are you high? When exactly does history start according to you? lol ...hang on...lol
This IS a joke right?
I don't even know where to start....how about Persians slaughtering their way across the middle east through to Europe and killing over 10000X more people than the total estimated casualties during the crusades?
You are familiar with Carthage? No? Go do some reading.
Vikings in 600-800
lol
Somebody finished high school by the skin of his teeth huh?
The Godfather of crime is history? Are you high? When exactly does history start according to you? lol ...hang on...lol
This IS a joke right?
I don't even know where to start....how about Persians slaughtering their way across the middle east through to Europe and killing over 10000X more people than the total estimated casualties during the crusades?
You are familiar with Carthage? No? Go do some reading.
Vikings in 600-800 ransacking Ireland as a job. The job was to grab Irish slaves and burn Christian churches.
Still not good enough?
The Godfather of crime is history if there is one came long before any current religion was thought up.
The richest man in history was a Roman and he was Pagan.
The amount of wrong you are cannot be contained by the internet.
Christians and Catholics are saints by comparison.
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