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Universal Plans Its Own Leonardo da Vinci Action Hero Movie

8 November 2011 6:55 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Movie/TV trends are sometimes very unpredictable oddities, to say the least. While the impending onslaught of, say, Hollywood-produced board game movies (ex. Battleship, Candyland, etc.) may have seemed inevitable, who would have expected there to be multiple projects in development, all of which re-envision the life of famed Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci as an action hero?

Universal Pictures’ newly-announced Leonardo is the latest addition to the pack of upcoming Da Vinci projects, which also includes Warner Bros.’ Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever – along with Starz’ Da Vinci’s Demons television series.

Variety is reporting that Universal has purchased the Leonardo spec, which was penned by Jonny Kurzman (M.I.High). The project will be produced by Oscar-nominees Lawrence and Charles Gordon, whose joint production credits include the first two Die ...

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Universal Pictures to Make Young Leonardo da Vinci an Action-Star in Leonardo

7 November 2011 5:06 PM, PST | | See recent news »

In an action-adventure spec script by Jonny Kurzman (M.I.High), a young Leonardo da Vinci embarks on a quest to prevent the Dark Ages from reclaiming Renaissance Europe. Leonardo was recently picked up Universal Pictures International after it was brought in by Philip Westgren at Lawrence Gordon Productions. The production company counts Watchmen and Hellboy under its recent producing credits. According to Variety, Westgren will oversee the project. The definition of a Renaissance man, da Vinci was a master of arts and sciences. Best known for his paintings, the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” da Vinci was also an inventor who possessed staggering foresight. There are records of blueprints for his conceptual designs of helicopters, tanks, calculators and possibly the world’s first robot. In times of trouble, perhaps he’ll call in his fellow Renaissance men, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo. »

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