Pope Joan


2h 28m 2009

Brief Synopsis

The story of a Pope John Anglicus, who ruled the Catholic Church from 855-857, disguising the fact that he was a she. Pope Joan, an educated woman from Athens who was reportedly traveling as a man for safety reasons, became involved in local religion and politics before being made Cardinal and then

Film Details

Also Known As
Die Paepstin, Die Päpstin, La papessa, La papisa, Paepstin, Päpstin, Påven Johanna, papessa, papisa
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Ard; Bazuca; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Contender Entertainment; Film und Medienstiftung NRW; Filmfernsehfonds Bayern; German Federal Film Board; Ikiru Films; Les Films Séville; Les Films Séville; Medusa Film; Medusa Film; Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung; Nordisk Film; Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution Oy; Nordisk Film Tv; Summit Entertainment, Llc
Distribution Company
Acme Film; Cine; Cines Unidos; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Distribution Company; Gulf Film, Llc; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Nu-Metro; Odeon S.A.; RCV Distribution; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization; Sony Pictures Releasing International; ZON Lusomundo (now part of NOS Audiovisuals)
Location
Morocco; Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 28m

Synopsis

The story of a Pope John Anglicus, who ruled the Catholic Church from 855-857, disguising the fact that he was a she. Pope Joan, an educated woman from Athens who was reportedly traveling as a man for safety reasons, became involved in local religion and politics before being made Cardinal and then Pope. Her gender was allegedly discovered when she went into labor while in church.

Film Details

Also Known As
Die Paepstin, Die Päpstin, La papessa, La papisa, Paepstin, Päpstin, Påven Johanna, papessa, papisa
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Ard; Bazuca; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Contender Entertainment; Film und Medienstiftung NRW; Filmfernsehfonds Bayern; German Federal Film Board; Ikiru Films; Les Films Séville; Les Films Séville; Medusa Film; Medusa Film; Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung; Nordisk Film; Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution Oy; Nordisk Film Tv; Summit Entertainment, Llc
Distribution Company
Acme Film; Cine; Cines Unidos; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Distribution Company; Gulf Film, Llc; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Nu-Metro; Odeon S.A.; RCV Distribution; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization; Sony Pictures Releasing International; ZON Lusomundo (now part of NOS Audiovisuals)
Location
Morocco; Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 28m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Based on the novel "Pope Joan" by Donna Woolfold Cross and published by Crown Press September 18, 1996.

Franka Potente was previously attached to star.

Volker Schlondorff previously attached to direct.

Project was on hold due to actor John Goodman defaulting on an agreement to star in the picture, resulting in Constantin filing a $3 million lawsuit.