It looks like one of the big studios, Warner Bros., is digging in unlikely places for the next action-adventure hero. We're hearing now that the studio is going to be making an action-adventure film with none other than Leonardo Da Vinci as the hero.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news that WB is planning to feature Da Vinci as an action hero in an untitled project. The studio picked up a treatment entitled Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever from Prime Universe producer, Adrian Askarieh, who came up with the idea and wrote the treatment himself.
Askarieh is teaming up with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison for the project. Both Vertigo and Prime Universe have a history with WB, with Askarieh producing a Johnny Quest movie for the studio and Vertigo's Lee working on The Departed, which snagged the studio some Oscars, including Best Picture.
Although most people know Da Vinci as a painter - whose notable works include "The Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" - he was also an architect, inventor, engineer and a mathematician, amongst many other things (just check out his Wikipedia page!). This project is said to be a reimagining of Da Vinci's life, by placing him in "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."
THR describes it as a cross between National Treasure and Raiders of the Lost Ark, with a doze of Clash of the Titans mixed in. Sounds about right to me.
There's no director or writer for the project yet, but a search for the latter is already underway. I wouldn't be surprised if they go for someone with experience in this type of film (it certainly would be the smart way to go), maybe even Lawrence Kasdan or Jim Kouf, who worked on the Indiana Jones and National Treasure franchises, respectively.
This Da Vinci pic just adds to a growing list of period projects that are getting fantastical spins. Ever since the success of Sherlock Holmes earlier this year, studios have been eager to jump on the bandwagon with projects like The Three Musketeers (there's three different versions in the works) and recently King Arthur,which has Holmes director Guy Ritchie attached.
I have to admit that the idea of this Da Vinci pic seemed very odd to me when I first read the details on it, but thinking about it more and more, it could make for a pretty interesting and rather cool film. I'm just curious who they will cast as Da Vinci, as it needs to be someone with a lot of presence and maybe even charm. I don't suppose they could get Sherlock himself, Robert Downey Jr., on-board? Wishful thinking, I suppose...
Do you like the idea of this new take on the life of Leonardo Da Vinci? Who could you see in the key role?
More from Screen Rant on this project as news comes out.