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December 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

Ridley Scott is set to direct his first-ever TV pilot.

The Alien director will helm a new project at Showtime called The Vatican.

The show is billed as a “a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. The series will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world’s most hidden institutions.” Paul Attanasio (House) wrote the script.

The Vatican is just ordered as a pilot at this stage, but tough to imagine Showtime shelving a project after Scott directing the first episode.

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