“Two Popes” Screenplay Categorization Locked Down (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter


There was some uncertainty about the Oscar Anthony mccartenthe script of Fernando MeirellesThe two popes – an acclaimed drama about the relationship between the former Pope Benedict XVI and the current Pope Francis – will be promoted for this season of rewards: best original screenplay or best adapted screenplay.

Hollywood journalist can exclusively confirm that McCarten sees it as a suitable storyline and that Netflix will push it accordingly. McCarten previously wrote the scripts for films in which three of the last five Oscar winners for Best Actor landed their statuettes – Eddie Redmayne in The theory of everything, Gary Oldman in Darkest hour and Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody.

The original embodiment of Two Popes the script, Netflix claims, was McCarten’s play Pope, which debuted at the Royal & Derngate Theater in Northampton, England in June 2017, and which McCarten later expanded. The film, however, spent quite a bit of time in post-production, so McCarten, between the unveiling of the piece and the film’s world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, also had time to write a book, The Pope: Francis, Benedict and the decision that shook the world, published in January of this year.

It certainly looks better this year to compete in the relatively thin adapted screenplay category (the other main contenders appear to be another Netflix movie, Irish, as good as Joker, A beautiful day in the neighborhood and Bunny Jojo) on the crowded original storyline (which includes Marriage story, another Netflix title, more Once upon a time in hollywood, Parasite and The farewell, among others).


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