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Leonardo Da Vinci is Warner Bros' New Action-Adventure Star

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March 11, 2010

Leonardo Da Vinci

After having his name thrust into controversy and new facets of our pop culture with Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code, historical icon, painter and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci will be getting quite the fictional makeover as THR's Heat Vision reports that Warner Bros has picked up a treatment entitled Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever, which 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. So Da Vinci is the new Indiana Jones? Read on!

The trade describes the film as National Treasure and Raiders of the Lost Ark by way of Clash of the Titans, so I'm assuming it will take the mystery and adventure of the two former films along with the intense action of the latter, which doesn't sound all that bad to be honest. Could re-writing history and its major influences like Da Vinci be the new impending trend in Hollywood? It would seem so, at least for WB, who as we saw last week is also re-imagining the history and adventures of Marco Polo as well as a new King Arthur movie with Guy Ritchie directing. It does seem to open up a rather endless possibility of somewhat original stories.

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  • harm
    I really enjoy well made alt. histories especially with a dose of magic and the Supernatural! Da Vinci? Rock on!
  • Hedgehog
    Kinda random on the use of the Assassin's Creed White Edition figure but ya. Da Vinci is the James Bond of the Renaissance era. LOL
  • Xerxex
    I'm in, as #1 said alt history stories are fun and entertaining, well unless you are one of the people who hated Inglourious Basterds because Hitler died.
  • Dan
    Don't forget to add that he was a homosexual into the story.
  • Voice of Reason
    Such awesome-sounding potential often teeters on the edge of being doomed. In the right hands, yes, it could be damned amazing.....except that I dont have faith in the hollywood machine and think this film will be poorly produced and tailored to fit whats good for sales and not for what would be timeless like the mentioned sources of inspiration. I'd love for this to be done right and will wait for attached names to speculate this movies outcome as it develops.
  • http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/2408/blackbabyjesus.gif Crapola
    Sounds a bit silly really, Leonardo wasn't known for fighting anything, he mostly liked the company of younger men and enjoyed the good life, occasionally doing a painting or two. Often escaping death through his talents of invention, not through any sort of ninja skills.
  • GET TO DAY CHOPPAAAAAA!
    @3 but using an Assassin's Creed figure isn't random at all. Da Vinci helps Ezio in the sequel.
  • Hedgehog
    @7 I know. But it's a pic of Ezio, not Da Vinci. I just thought it was funny. Shoulda used a picture of the two of them together! oooo ideas. :P
  • Underdogz
    Reminds a little too much what they did with VAN HELSING...
  • Eric
    For F**** Sake! People today don't know real history that well. Do we really need to confuse them more with re-imagined history? Why can't we just get a cool character in a reworking of a story. Is that too much to ask?
  • Daniel Felts
    Kay cool. If it's gonna be an action movie, Dennis Quaid should be Leonardo. Yes.
  • Mike
    Its one thing to rewrite a fictional character, ie; Van Helsing, but this was a real person. History teachers are blowing their brains out at the thought of children learning complete garbage about DaVinci from this.
  • NY til I die
    the idea is sound but Da Vinci and action hero...WRONG! if anything they need to stick with the story line from the game Assasins creed from which they riped the hooded character. I know game adaptations are getting a lil old but if your gonna screw with history , atleast make it beleivable. my two cents. lol.
  • Garrett
    Why is there a picture of Assassin's Creed 2 on here?
  • NY til I die
    @14 did they actually think no one would catch that..i mean really c'mon!
  • twittwit
    This wreaks of LXG and Wild Wild West. No thanks
  • slopshoe smith
    it is just so sad that given all the great books there are with mostly original story lines and have such awesome potential for translation to the screen, all we get is rehashed BS...seems an awful shame that there isnt ONE individul out there with talent enough to find a new adventure idea...
  • http://www.internapse.com Scott
    @2 and @7 My thoughts exactly, but if this movie is anything like Assassin's Creed, should be quite awesome.
  • Xerxex
    #8 that's actually a picture of Giovanni Auditore played by Romano Orzari in the Assassin's Creed Lineage videos.
  • Shige
    Next they will re-do Mother Teresa as the asskicking action heroine with Gandhi as her onliner shooting sidekick.
  • iPhone Mafia Wars: 9003390587
    I like reimaginemakes..
  • Robbie
    The National Treasure part did it.
  • tino
    Since many years Video Games have better scripts than Hollywood movies....they are the better movies because they have better ideas, better characters ( Kratos, Dante...) and a better storytelling... The idea sounds great but its not working for a movie.....and there´s only one actor who could´ve played this role....the great HEATH LEDGER....
  • myname is mine
    this already sounds like a stupid idea, more like what can we put together to get ticket sales oh! I got it lets combine all these popular films to make money. lame
  • asdafasda
    This sounds so much like the Steampunk style of 'The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne' . Bring that back!
  • smackyou
    sounds cool!
  • Nick and the big bad B
    This could be cool, or really really stupid...

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