Nellie Andreeva

Some encouraging news for the fans behind the “Save The Borgias” campaign. Showtime just announced that it has teamed with The Borgias creator Neil Jordan to release The Borgia Apocalypse, an e-book based on Jordan’s original script for a two-hour finale he had submitted to the network. Weighing the costs, Showtime ultimately opted not to proceed with the movie, angering the costume drama’s fans who hired a plane to fly their message over the Beverly Hilton during Showtime’s recent TCA presentation. “We’re thrilled that the series’ loyal fans will have the opportunity to read Neil’s final farewell to one of history’s most infamous families,” Showtime said. In an interview with Deadline at the time of cancellation, Jordan gave a glimpse of his finale script. “I wanted a totally biblical ending, for the pope to burn in hell,” he said. He said he wrote the proposed two-hour closer with the pope dying and no one willing to hear his confession. When they finally find a confessor and the pope starts to repent his sins, the confessor interrupts him, saying, “I’m sorry, it’s too late, you’re already dead and burning in hell.” “This satisfies all moral feelings about the pope,” Jordan said. The Borgia Apocalypse will be available this week via major e-retailers.

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