David S. Goyer working on Da Vinci's Demons series for Starz and BBC
Starz and BBC Worldwide Productions have announced "Da Vinci's Demons", an eight-episode series written by David S. Goyer (DARK CITY, BLADE). The show is set to begin production in early 2012, and be a more adventurous version of Leonardo Da Vinci than we've yet seen. In fact, they aim to delve into his life as a younger man and perhaps turn him into a superhero.
"Da Vinci's Demons" is David Goyer's historical fantasy, following the "untold" story of the world's greatest genius during his raucous youth in Renaissance Florence. Brash and brilliant, the twenty five-year old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.
David Goyer commented, "Da Vinci was the original Renaissance man -- a near-mythic figure that has world-wide 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. And I'm particularly excited that I get to do it on premium cable, where the story can be as dark and challenging and irreverent as it deserves to be. Starz and BBC Worldwide Productions have been nothing but supportive."
A dark Da Vinci story, wrapped in the fantastic? Hrm.
Goyer will act as showrunner, with Julie Gardner and head of BBC Worldwide Productions Jane Tranter executive producing. Expect the show to hit Starz sometime in 2013 with BBC Worldwide distributing the series internationally.