Monday, March 22, 2010

Da Vinci to be an Action Hero

"Mr. Myagi, The European Renaissance Years"

Warner Bros. is turning Leonardo into an action-adventure hero. No, not DiCaprio, but Da Vinci.

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.

Da Vinci is best known as the painter behind "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper," though he also was an inventor, engineer, architect, mathematician among many other occupations. 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. Think "National Treasure" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by way of "Clash of the Titans."


Who else is terrified? I am sure that history is against using iconic examples of human greatness to be ridiculed in these movies and books. We had Queen Victoria and Abe Lincoln, but now we have Da Vinchi. I sure hope that they leave Elvis Presley, Julia Child, Marie Currie and Nicola Tesla alone.

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