Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Ridley Scott filming 'Vatican' pilot in Rome

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Vatican City, April 11 - Ridley Scott and his crew
were in front of the Vatican on Thursday filming the pilot
episode of a thriller TV series.
Produced by Showtime, 'Vatican' stars Bruno Ganz as a
fictional present-day Pope Sixtus VI - the last pope to take the
name Sixtus was Felice Peretti di Montalto, Sixtus V.
The series follows the life of a New York archbishop,
Cardinal Thomas Duff, played by Kyle Chandler.
Scott, who last filmed in Rome while shooting Gladiator,
was joined by screenwriter Paul Attanasio, known for penning the
popular American TV show House.
Tourists and pilgrims alike were rubbernecking around the
crew in Pius III Square (Piazza Pio XII) at the top of via della
Conciliazione, the main road that leads to St Peter's Square.
Scott is reportedly paying the city of Rome 50,000 euros a
day to shoot inside the square, which faces the facade of St
Peter's Basilica where just last month Buenos Aires Archbishop
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis.
The Vatican denied Scott's request to film inside the
Vatican itself, sources said.
Known for such cult and commercial hits as Bladerunner,
Alien and Thelma & Louise, Scott is expected to portray the
power and politics inside the contemporary Holy See.
Other Rome locations include this historic Via Veneto of La
Dolce Vita fame.
Production is slated to continue in Rome for several weeks
before moving to Hungary.
The name of the pilot is said to be The Portrait.

(Photo: Pilgrims in St Peter's Square for the inauguration of
Pope Francis)

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