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'Dark Knight,' Starz developing historical fantasy series

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Starz has ordered a historical fantasy series from The Dark Knight co-writer David S. Goyer that re-imagines Leonardo da Vinci as a Renaissance-era Tony Stark.

The project, Da Vinci’s Demons, has been ordered straight to series. Here’s the official description:

“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.”

Goyer, who’s also working on the upcoming Man of Steel, said:

“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.”

The show is expected to premiere in 2013.