Starz has ordered David S. Goyer‘s Da Vinci’s Demons straight-to-series.
Da Vinci’s Demons — an adventure series from Goyer (FlashForward, The Dark Knight/Man Of Steel) and BBC Worldwide Prods. has received an eight-episode order and is slated to start filming in early 2012 for a 2013 premiere. The project is the first to go into production under the multi-year deal Starz signed with BBC Worldwide Prods. back in August.
Da Vinci’s Demons is described as:
a historical fantasy that follows the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius during his raucous youth in Renaissance Florence. Brash and brilliant, the 25-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. “Da Vinci was the original Renaissance man — a near-mythic figure that has world-wide appeal,”
Outlining the project, Goyer said:
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 Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik said of the deal:
“David has reimagined some of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and is again building an extraordinary prism through which to rediscover the world’s greatest genius and most mysterious man. If modern day has Tony Stark, the Renaissance had da Vinci.”
Goyer will serve as showrunner on the series, executive producing alongside Julie Gardner and BBC Worldwide Prods.
The title: “Da Vinci’s Demons“, along with this part of the description: “he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it” — is enough to intrigue, that’s for sure. Da Vinci as the troubled protagonist is not the least interesting premise I’ve heard this week. We’ll keep you posted on story developments.
Do you welcome Da Vinci as a seriable protagonist?