Leonardo Da Vinci the action hero? His various works of art are sometimes the key plot device in adventures out of Hollywood but now Warner Bros. Pictures wants to turn the man himself into the hero. The studio has picked up a new action-adventure treatment titled Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever from producer Adrian Askarieh, who is teaming with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison. Askarieh came up with the original idea and wrote the treatment, with a search for a writer now under way. Jon Berg is overseeing for Warners.
Plot Concept: Da Vinci is best known as the painter behind "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper," though he also was an inventor, engineer, architect, mathematician among many other occupations. The project re-imagines Da Vinci as a member of a secret society who falls headlong into a supernatural adventure that pits the man against Biblical demons in a story involving secret codes, lost civilizations, hidden fortresses and fallen angels. Think "National Treasure" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by way of "Clash of the Titans."
In the wake of the worldwide success of Sherlock Holmes, Warners seems eager to make more projects involving a period setting, a historical figure and the fantastical. Last week, the studio picked up a pitch that has Francis Lawrence attached to direct a supernatural tale featuring explorer Marco Polo, and it's back in business with "Holmes" director Guy Ritchie on a King Arthur project.
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