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Universal Developing da Vinci-Centered Adventure

Written by on November 8, 2011 

Anyone who suffers traumatic flashbacks to The Da Vinci Code when reading that headline might not need to worry. According to Variety, Universal has acquired Leonardo, a spec screenplay written by Jonny Kurzman that will be produced as a feature by Charles and Lawrence Gordon. (If that latter name rings a bell, it’s because he’s been behind films like Die Hard, Predator, Field of Dreams, Boogie Nights, and Watchmen, to name a few.)

Solid information on the script’s contents are eluding us at the moment, but Variety describes it as an action-adventure story following “da Vinci’s quest to stop Renaissance Europe from returning to the Dark Ages.” Comparisons to the most recent Sherlock Holmes movies are already springing up; let’s hope it’s better than that.

The idea of an action movie following da Vinci — a man known as an intellectual, making some of the biggest contributions to art and design in human history — is, on its face, absurd. But taking his history into account, you almost know that he’ll invent something to save the day — or the story will play out wherein one of his greatest inventions was actually created to save the day! A-ha!

I have something of a rule, however, which prevents me from judging the plot summaries of scripts before the actual films come to fruition; there’s simply too extensive a process from page to screen to make a snap judgement like that. It does sound a little dumb, yes, but don’t deny that many great movies could sound silly when described in only a single sentence. Lawrence Gordon also has a decent track record in his career, so I’ll just put some faith in him deciding to pick this up for now.

How does Leonardo sound to you?

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