Showtime has decided not to move forward with a project that generated controversy and criticism. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that the pay-cable net is scrapping plans for “The Vatican."
“The network has elected to scrap the high-profile and talent-heavy project, which starred Kyle Chandler (‘Friday Night Lights’) as a New York cardinal and Anna Friel (‘Pushing Daisies’) as his sister in a provocative thriller,” the story reports. “Ridley Scott (‘Gladiator’) directed the pilot, which was shot earlier this year. It’s less likely for a pilot with this strong of a pedigree on premium cable to blow up on the launch pad.”
“The Vatican” had attracted criticism, with one Catholic group calling it “an assault on the Catholic Church,” the story notes. Still, the reason for the project’s demise wasn’t apparently related to that criticism.
“Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins told us that ‘The Vatican,’ which included a supernatural element, simply wasn’t coming together creatively,” the article says.