No, it's not a joke. A German leftwing activist, himself an apostate Catholic, is making a movie about the pope - with the pope's cooperation! This activist has had a history of making these movies. Truth be told, they all look like miserable flops. But that won't stop the amoral Catholic-bashing powers-that-be in Hollywood, especially since the movie will attempt to portray the pope as a hero (I said "attempt" for I suspect the film will be at most clownish).
Michael Matt suggests boycotting this thing. I might suggest that we picket it, too, should a movie theater decide to waste one of their spaces on this thing.