Previewing his plan for Leonardo, Goyer said in a statement, “Da Vinci was the original Renaissance man — a near-mythic figure that has worldwide appeal. After working with characters like Batman and Superman, it made a strange kind of sense for me to dive into the facts and legends swirling around his origins.
“This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness, and all things profane,” he added, noting that due to its cable home, Da Vinci’s Demons shall be “as dark and challenging and irreverent as it deserves to be.”
Previously for the smaller screen, Goyer has exec-produced and written for series such as FlashForward, Blade and Threshold.
In announcing the pick-up, Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik noted, “David has reimagined some of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and is again building an extraordinary prism through which to rediscover the world’s greatest genius and most mysterious man…. If modern day has [Iron Man‘s] Tony Stark, the Renaissance had da Vinci.”
Da Vinci’s Demons is scheduled to begin production in early 2012, with its eight-episode launch set for 2013.