Marc Guggenheim—the former show runner of ABC's FlashForward who left the series last year—has turned his attention to movies, writing Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever, which turns the ultimate Renaissance man into an action hero.
That's the news on The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog:
The studio acquired the project in early March from producers Adrian Askarieh, Roy Lee and Doug Davison.
Warner is doubling down on Guggenhem, also hiring him to work on a draft of "Thieves of Baghdad," its "Ocean's 11" meets "Arabian Nights" project being produced by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne's Unique Pictures.
The Leonardo movie re-imagines the artist and inventor as a member of a secret society who falls headlong into a supernatural adventure that pits the man against biblical demons in a story involving secret codes, lost civilizations, hidden fortresses and fallen angels, a la Raiders of the Lost Ark meets National Treasure.
Baghdad, meanwhile, brings back the classical mythological figures of Sinbad, Ali Baba and other scoundrels from the Arabic folk tales to pull off the biggest heist of their criminal careers.
Guggenheim also wrote the screenplay for Warner's upcoming Green Lantern movie.
What do you think of this twist on the Leonardo story?