Italian director Daniele Luchetti is set to shoot "Call Me Francesco," a $12 million Spanish-language biopic being touted as the first Pope Francis feature film that will hit global screens.
Luchetti, a regular at Cannes, most recently with "Our Life" in the 2010 competish, is scheduled to start shooting "Francesco" in Argentina early this summer. Producer Piero Valsecchi is aiming to release the film in Italy on the pope's 78th birthday, Dec. 17, or in January at the latest. Shooting will also take place in Italy and Germany.
The film is based on the bestselling book "Francisco. El Papa de la gente" by Evangelina Himitian, a journalist with Buenos Aires newspaper La Nacion. Valsecchi is producing the "Pope Francis" pic via his TaoDue shingle.