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DaVinci the Action Hero

WB wants Leonardo Da Vinci to become an action hero.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 11, 2010
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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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littlemikey979 3/11/2010 1:53:36 AM

So its going to be like the league of extraordinary gentlemen movie.....only good hopefully

Calibur454 3/11/2010 4:36:08 AM

oh god no no nooooooo

Original 3/11/2010 5:39:19 AM

Surely there's a TMNT joke in here somewhere.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 3/11/2010 10:24:04 AM

Or it'd be like a Renainsance (ashamed I'm spelling it wrong) age Batman.

krathwardroid 3/11/2010 10:41:23 AM

"...a supernatural adventure that pits the man against Biblical demons in a story involving secret codes, lost civilizations, hidden fortresses and fallen angels..."

Could this be the prelude to The Da Vinci Code that we've all been waiting for?? :P

FerretJohn 3/11/2010 12:05:08 PM

People were wondering what could be wierder than Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter... there you go.

krathwardroid 3/11/2010 12:18:24 PM

Exactly, FerretJohn. Next up on the list is Ben Franklin and the Legend of Zeus' Key (melding a little Greek mythology into his whole lightning experiment).

samson 3/11/2010 1:54:42 PM

If it's done right, this could be cool.

Samson

DeeJay4ADay 3/11/2010 3:51:23 PM

JawEq... Renaissance. By the way, that's not a word with spelling that's easy to remember.

fft5305 3/11/2010 6:19:06 PM

If they could get Guy Ritchie to do it, maybe...

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