Pilot News: Showtime Excommunicates Kyle Chandler's The Vatican

Kyle Chandler The Vatican DeadWhat many Friday Night Lights fans saw as a gift from God — Kyle Chandler‘s return to series television — is no longer happening.

Showtime has chosen to not move forward with its Chandler-starring pilot The Vatican, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The project, directed by Ridley Scott and penned by Paul Attanasio (House), was a contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church.

Chandler’s character, Cardinal Thomas Duffy, was the charismatic, progressive Archbishop of New York. Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Matthew Goode (A Single Man) and Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) were also cast in the project.

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THR reports that various reasons, including a high production price and friction between Attanasio and the network, contributed to the pilot’s demise.

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  1. Sam says:

    That’s too bad. The cast was stellar and it had a great premise.

  2. neha says:

    Aw, that sucks. I would watching anything with Kyle Chandler and Matthew Goode.

  3. Dragonfly says:

    Pity, I would watch

  4. David4 says:

    I understand costing too much. However when will Showtime realize it shouldn’t tell show runners what to do?

    • dude says:

      Almost every network feels that they’re entitled to creative control of their shows. I can’t tell you how many showrunners have said that the networks tell them what their characters would and wouldn’t do.

    • Mattie says:

      Ummm soo… Reign looks expensive and airs on The CW (with terrible ratings by regular broadcast standards). Costs weren’t the issue.

      • tabularasa says:

        Reign looks nothing compared to other period dramas on cable. Cost could come into play if the network felt that it wasn’t going to be a hit.

  5. Leah says:

    Time for the Friday Night Lights movie then! (The news earlier this week hasn’t dettered me ;)

  6. Kevin W. says:

    And people like The Pope. It’s a lot easier to make a show about the Catholic Church when The Pope isn’t The Man of Year.

    • Cynthia says:

      Pressure from the Church? They’re actively trying to change their image with the new administration after years of scandal (not only the pedo stuff, but lots of money, corruption, power struggles and other shady things), this could have been a problem.

  7. tarc says:

    Sounded awful, and a waste of many of Chandler’s obvious baser appeals. And frankly, the less religion on my TV, the better for everyone.

    • c says:

      I agree, not sad about these news.

    • Cynthia says:

      You don’t understand the scenario here. The scene in Rome is extremely rich in storyline material, less religion American-style and more power-plays, global politics, luxury, contradictions, multy layered characters, mysteries and conspirancies. With a good team of writers and castmembers we had something with a great potential. Too bad, I was really excited, especially with Bruno Ganz as the Pope; my condolences to Chandler and Goode.

  8. militantgod says:

    Damn, I was really looking forward to this.

  9. Adriana says:

    I think he can find a better show.

  10. Viv says:

    Shame, I would love to see Kyle Chandler back on my screen.

  11. JWB says:

    I’m not surprised. I heard it was a disaster. I’m a big Kyle Chandler since Early Edition. He deserves better.

  12. Ray says:

    Darn, it sounded interesting and unlike anything else on TV right now which goes the trend of copying a premise that does well on another network and replicating it to death.

  13. DAMN IIIIIT I was so excited.

  14. JoyAnne says:

    I remember Early Edition. Loved that show and he was so good in it. Hope he gets another pilot.

  15. Superhero says:

    Well, much as I desperately want Coach Taylor back on my television, I sure as hell wouldn’t want him on a dud. So let’s just hope that something better comes along for him before too long.

  16. Shaun says:

    Didn’t Showtime make The Borgias? I think that show cost a lot more to make than this considering they had Jeremy Irons and it was a period drama. Both shows are about the papacy so. They should have made it happen anyway.

  17. Tom says:

    Showtime should have kept The Borgias. Now, that was a nice little yarn.

  18. DavidSask says:

    I don’t think Kyle will have any problems making movies!

  19. Jane says:

    It sounded kind of boring, tbh. I doubt they would have shown the Pope having affairs with beautiful Renaissance ladies or Cardinal Duffy in hot leather pants.

  20. Brendan says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Showtime, you’ve done us wrong.