How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
Calling Marvel Comics’ legal team! Warner Bros. have hired Marc Guggenheim (FlashForward, the Green Lantern movie, and various Marvel and DC comics) to script a movie called Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever whose concept sounds very familiar to fans of Jonathan Hickman’s SHIELD series.
[re-imagining] 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.”
It was purchased from producers Adrian Askarieh, Roy Lee and Doug Davison in early March, whereas Marvel’s SHIELD – which re-imagines Da Vinci as a member of a secret society involved in supernatural (Well, superhuman) adventures – was unveiled in interviews months earlier, in November 2009.
The two projects may be end up entirely different, of course, and it’s possible that the movie’s creators have never heard of the comic. But I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m the last to make the comparison.