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Italian Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci was so ahead of his time, I bet he saw the day when writers, TV shows, and movies exploited his genius for fun and profit. Yes, I’m assuming he saw the invention of TV and movies way back in the 16th century, cause that’s just how brilliant the dude is, apparently.
“Batman Begins” writer David Goyer is the latest scribe to take a shot at Da Vinci, this time as a TV series on the Starz Channel called “Da Vinci’s Demons” (not to be mistaken with “Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever” movie currently gestating in Hollywood).
“Da Vinci’s Demons” is David Goyer’s historical fantasy, following the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius during his raucous youth in Renaissance Florence. Brash and brilliant, the twenty five-year old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.
I’m not sure where the “demon” part comes in. Does this mean Da Vinci was also a demon hunter, or are they talking more figuratively there? Either way, the series is expected to go into production by early 2012 for a 2013 bow.
Goyer will adapt and run the show, but they don’t have a cast yet, so there’s still that to be done.
The Starz channel is known for their “Spartacus” TV series, and more recently, their “Camelot” TV show, which has since been canned. If “Da Vinci’s Demons” follows the pattern set by “Spartacus” and “Camelot”, expect an almost all-Euro cast and, of course, plenty of blood and sex.