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question of the day: Which historical figures should we plunder as action heroes (and who should play them)?

15 March 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Someone it had escaped my notice that a bunch of historical figures are in the process of getting rebooted as movie action heroes, often with supernatural elements tossed. Seen at Cinematical last week: In an age where we lack action heroes and recognition factor is key for franchiseability (a new made-up word), Hollywood is turning to history for new characters. In addition to all the King Arthur stories that are brewing, Leonardo DaVinci, Marco Polo, and Harry Houdini are quickly being reworked into the 21st century's Indiana Jones or Sherlock Holmes. As Eugene Novikov reported earlier today, Warner Bros is looking at making the actual Leonardo DaVinci into the star of his own DaVinci Code type of movie. Last week, Variety reported that they've also hired Francis Lawrence to develop an action movie starring 13th century adventurer Marco Polo. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Leonardo DaVinci, Marco Polo, and Other Historical Action Heroes

10 March 2010 2:15 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

In an age where we lack action heroes and recognition factor is key for franchiseability (a new made-up word), Hollywood is turning to history for new characters. In addition to all the King Arthur stories that are brewing, Leonardo DaVinci, Marco Polo, and Harry Houdini are quickly being reworked into the 21st century's Indiana Jones or Sherlock Holmes.

As Eugene Novikov reported earlier today, Warner Bros is looking at making the actual Leonardo DaVinci into the star of his own DaVinci Code type of movie. Last week, Variety reported that they've also hired Francis Lawrence to develop an action movie starring 13th century adventurer Marco Polo. Most people only know Polo as a cheesy pool game, but he was an extensive traveler who was one of the first Europeans to travel throughout Asia. He wasn't the first, but his journals exposed many Europeans to the Far East, and really kicked »

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