Murdoch-owned Sky paybox is continuing its collaboration with the Vatican Television Centre with upcoming high-profile docu “St Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome 3D” now set to go out in movie theatres worldwide prior to playing on Sky in Italy, the UK and Germany.

This innovative business model will see the “St Peter’s” doc – just like Sky’s “Vatican Museums 3D” and “Uffizi 3D” before it – beamed digitally by Italy’s Nexo Digital into movie theatres in more than a dozen countries, including the U.S. and the U.K., starting with a three-day Italian release April 11-13.

The 90-minute “St Peter’s” docu delves into architectural history spanning from the early Christian-era Basilica on which St Peter’s was built, to its current Baroque grandeur. Narrative threads are provided by excerpts from Stendhal’s “The Roman Journal.”  The famous French writer visited the four basilicas at the beginning of the 19th Century during his Grand Tour of Italy. But what seems to really potentially stand out in the piece are the camera angles and 3D technology.

“The power of technology, as used in the most advanced film productions, has made it possible to capture amazing images from completely new and exclusive points of view, thanks also to the use of helicopters and mechanical arms,” boasted a Sky statement.

“Completing the extraordinary visuals is the capacity of 3D to take viewers and ‘immerse’ them, placing them centre-stage and in direct contact with the works of art,” it added.

“St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome 3D” is produced by Sky 3D and the Vatican Television Centre in collaboration with Nexo Digital, Magnitudo Film, and Sky Arte HD.