NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Everyone in Rome is talking about the
next pope and has been for months.
Veteran film producer Martin Poll, who famously sued Fox Studios in excess
of $100 million, has acquired, at a particularly delicate moment in Vatican
history, the film rights to Sourcebooks' upcoming book The Last Pope.
Poll's company, MC2 Ventures LLC, has formally acquired the motion picture
rights to David Osborn's novel. Cindy Adams featured the deal in her
nationally syndicated column Thursday.
Among the films produced by Poll is the award-winning The Lion in Winter,
which starred Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins and Timothy
Dalton. It garnered nine Academy Award nominations and three awards, and Poll
received the Italian David Di Donatello award.
Osborn originally set out to write a completely different book, he says,
but while doing research at the British Library in London, he stumbled on to
research about the Vatican and its long political history that captivated him.
What started out as one book became The Last Pope.
In this profoundly moving novel from the veteran author, all the secret
voting intricacies of a papal conclave are revealed for the first time as well
as the cutthroat politics between the various factions among the Cardinals,
each vying to promote its favorite and pitting the forces of reaction and
humanity once again in moral battle.
Reminiscent of Umberto Eco's The Name Of The Rose and Daphne du Maurier's
The House On The Strand, The Last Pope is a gripping blend of history,
politics, religion, mystery and human foibles and relationships.
David Osborn's many novels have been published by companies such as
Bantam, Doubleday and Simon and Schuster and have been translated in more than
He has written more than twenty screenplays for studios including Warner
Bros., Columbia and MGM, including two adaptations of Agatha Christie novels.
The Trap (1966-Columbia), for which Osborn wrote the screenplay, was nominated
for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
Poll serves as an executive producer of a remake of The Lion in Winter,
starring Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close, for Hallmark and Showtime for
release this year. Some of his other films include Nighthawks, Woody Allen's
Love and Death and My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.