Hollywood is going to turn Leonardo da Vinci into an action star. Haha, as if! And Sherlock Holmes is a hot detective who...oh, right.
It's Warner Bros. in particular who is looking to make the famous painter, inventor and mathematician into an action hero of sorts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The studio has picked up a 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." I hope they work on that title. Lee and Davison previously executive produced Warner Bros. The Departed and Askarieh is currently working on Jonny Quest for the studio.
Askarieh is the one who came up with the idea (so blame him) and Warners is now searching for a writer for, I assure you, a most thrilling plot. "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." Can't you just hear the trailer now? I, for one, am in but only if they have da Vinci using one of these on his adventures.
THR says Warners seems eager to make more films involving "a period setting, a historical figure and the fantastical," because of the tremendous success of Sherlock Holmes. Fair enough but I'm a little concerned about their next feature. "Last week, the studio picked up a pitch that has Francis Lawrence attached to direct a supernatural tale featuring explorer Marco Polo."
Marco. Freaking. Polo. Here's how I think it should go: In theaters, Summer 2012, Marco Polo and the Merchant of Venice, where Marco Polo and Kublai Khan go searching for the perfect canoli but wind up getting separated on the water. Khan must shout, "MARCO!" and Polo says, "What?"