Starz Orders to Series Dark Knight Scribe David S. Goyer's Fantastical Spin on Da Vinci

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Starz has ordered to series Da Vinci’s Demons, an adventure/historical fantasy piece written by David S. Goyer, the co-writer of Batman Begins/The Dark Knight and writer of the upcoming Man of Steel.

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.

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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.”

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Da Vinci’s Demons is scheduled to begin production in early 2012, with its eight-episode launch set for 2013.

Comments (15)

  • Can the next writer pen something and name it on Leonardo’s actual name? Which isn’t “da Vinci”? His rightful name is Leonardo, like the turtle, who (for those that don’t know) was named after Leonardo (from the town of Vinci during the Renaissance age) not the other way around. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but really, can we not sound educated even in our entertainment?

    Comment by Laurie – October 25, 2011 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Can we not sound educated even in our rants?

      Cause yours makes no sense whatsoever. You mention Leo the turtle because…? Next time use facts that are relevant. Like so: Leo’s (artist, not the turtle) full name is Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, meaning “Leonardo, son of Messer Piero from Vinci, cause back in the day that’s how they rolled. You see, whilst Leonardo did not have a surname in the *modern sense*, that is how surnames worked back then, as I’m sure even back in Renaissance Italy people needed to differentiate between Leonardos. So technically, he kind of did have one. It is not wrong to refer to him as Leonardo Da Vinci, as that is, by modern standards, his actual name.

      Comment by claire – October 25, 2011 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In the past I’ve used such euphemisms as “Merlin’s wand” and “Jack’s torchwood” in reference to Starz’ tendency to show full-frontal male nudity in Spartacus.

    I’m drawing a blank at a proper euphemism for Da Vinci’s privates.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – October 25, 2011 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Your having trouble coming up with a Da Vinci code?

      Comment by EmperorCheese – October 25, 2011 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Da Vinci’s paintbrush

      Comment by Anonamoose – October 25, 2011 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This may be a bit obvious, but given the title of the show, might I suggest “Da Vinci’s Demon”?

      Comment by Drew Melbourne – October 25, 2011 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • :O! He was involved in Threshold? Hot damn I’ll have to tune in.

    Comment by Mellie – October 25, 2011 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Da Vinci’s paint brush

    Comment by Danielle – October 25, 2011 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But how does it tie in to Da Vinci’s Inquest?

    Comment by Evan – October 25, 2011 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kind of geeky, but “This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness, and all things profane…” kind of describes Marvel comics new take on the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. mini-series over the last 2 years. Starring da Vinci, Newton, Nostrodamus, a time-travelling Tesla. If this show is even half as weird as that comic, it could be epic. Or…it could be as bad as his “Blade” TV series.

    Comment by Mr. Wolf – October 25, 2011 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so…i am going to assume they are going to ignore is homosexually and (alleged) pedophilia? (is it weird that i am more interested if they don’t ignore the first?)

    Comment by meg – October 25, 2011 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so sick and tired of most of these cable series that only show male frontal nudity. When are they actually going to stop this continual double standard and finally have a filmmaker who is not afraid to show as much female frontal nudity as male frontal nudity ? It is very long overdo and would certainly be appreciated by the non-emasculated heterosexual audience. These filmmakers would obviously rather alienate part of its audience than to show female frontal nudity. Unfortunately, it appears it may be just another series I will end up boycotting. I look forward to one day having a filmmaker who will have the courage to break this double standard mold.

    Comment by Tim – January 26, 2013 03:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i agree an am tired of this double standard. these shows have no problem showing close ups of the male penis but will not show vigina (maybe a little fake hair if you are lucky). if these film makers really want to break new ground they would show equal nudity.

      Comment by bill – February 7, 2013 09:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Are you kidding? These series only show naked women…. Yes….. Breasts are a sexual body part. Finally we are starting to see a man’s penis!!!

        Comment by JJ – February 11, 2014 10:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • JJ, are you kidding ???? I guess you do not know what equality is because if they are going to show the penis then it is long past the time to also show the vagina. Showing breasts is partial nudity just like showing bare bottoms. And as far as what you say you are seeing, I may suggest it is time to have your eyes checked but certainly it is time for a reality check. Males desire the same equality as females.

          Comment by Tim – February 15, 2014 05:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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