News for Aug. 08, 2005

Kretschmann To Play Pope

8/08/05, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

The great papal race is on, as ABC announced Friday that it has begun production on its Pope John Paul II telepictelepic in Lithuania. CBS was first to announce a John Paul II longformlongform soon after the pope's death in April, but ABC quickly started developing its own project. Since then, it's been a race to see which of the dueling papal pics would hit the air first. Eye's version, to be shot in Poland and Italy, will commence principal photography Thursday in John Paul II's hometown of Krakow, Poland. ABC's telepic, "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II," stars Thomas Kretschmann. The movie will follow Karol Wojtyla as he lives through German-occupied Poland; joins the priesthood soon after WWII; becomes the country's youngest bishop; and rapidly ascends through the Catholic church ranks to be elected pope. [More]