Image Credit: Everett CollectionFlashForward showrunner Marc Guggenheim has been tapped to pen Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever, a film that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “recasts the original Renaissance man as an action hero.” I know what you’re thinking: Leonardo Da Vinci, an action hero?! Well, I fail to see this as much of a stretch, considering the guy’s already had an action figure for years.
Plus, after the success of The Da Vinci Code — which raked in $217 million back in 2006 — it was only a matter of time before the artist himself got the big-screen treatment. And based on the rest of THR‘s description of the film, it seems Guggenheim might get quite a bit of inspiration from Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown: “Da Vinci…reimagines Da Vinci as a member of a secret society. He falls headlong into a supernatural adventure that pits him against biblical demons in a story involving secret codes, lost civilizations, hidden fortresses, and fallen angels. Think National Treasure and Raiders of the Lost Ark by way of Clash of the Titans.” (Or, so it seems, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol by way of Angels and Demons.)
I have faith in Guggenheim, though. Based on his FlashForward work (he also co-wrote the screenplay for 2011’s Green Lantern) Guggenheim knows how to sell action. Or he’ll splice Da Vinci with 84,692 cuts of Sonya Walger staring at Jack Davenport from atop a staircase.
Are you digging Da Vinci as an action hero, PopWatchers? And what historical figure should get the action hero treatment next? (I vote Rasputin.)