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News broke last week that Marc Guggenheim, who co-wrote the upcoming Green Lantern movie, is penning a script for Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever, a new Warner Bros. project that reimagines the original Renaissance man as the first action hero.
Based on an original idea and treatment from producer Adrian Askarieh (Hitman), Da Vinci is now a super-sized member of a secret society. Not with superpowers, exactly; more like Batman without the cape and cowl.
“I guess that all depends upon your definition of a ‘superhero’,” Guggenheim explained exclusively to Spinoff Online. “For this project, I prefer to use the term, ‘action-adventure hero.’ Leonardo was the world’s first — and greatest — polymath. The man for whom the term, ‘Renaissance man’ was coined. Given all of his many forms of expertise, doesn’t it stand to reason that he’d make a great hero in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Indiana Jones?”
Hyped by The Hollywood Reporter as equal parts National Treasure, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Clash of the Titans, the movie will explore the idea that there may be more to Da Vinci’s life than what the history books reveal.
Da Vinci, who finished The Last Supper in 1498 and painted Mona Lisa between 1503 and 1506, was an exemplary painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scholar. His iconic Vitruvian Man shows the proportions of the human body, using a perfect blend of science and art.
“What if in addition to being a painter, sculptor, designer, inventor and architect, he was also an action-adventure hero?” Guggenheim said. “After seeing this movie, you’ll never be able to look at his works the same way again.”
Guggenheim, who co-created ABC’s Eli Stone and served as a showrunner with David Goyer on FlashForward, said he’s thrilled he landed his latest assignment.
“This is a dream project for me as I love Leonardo’s works, the Renaissance period and movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, which this project will take as inspiration,” he said.
No stranger to scripting heroes, Guggenheim has also written The Flash and Aquaman for DC Comics and Wolverine and The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel.