Leonardo DiCaprio's Leonardo da Vinci Film Will Be Written By James Bond Scribe John Logan

Last year it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio would be playing Leonardo Da Vinci in a biopic that chronicles the life of the artist, scientist, and inventor. We've now learned that the project is moving forward with screenwriter John Logan, who wrote the last two James Bond films.

The script that Logan writes will be based on Walter Isaacson biography was based on thousands of pages from da Vinci’s notebooks. Here's a description of that book:

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

There's no doubt that this has potential to be a great movie. It will be interesting to see who comes on board to direct it. I hope that someone is Martin Scorsese. Logan has worked with him in the past with films such as The Aviator, and Hugo.

Leonardo da Vinci will be released in theaters on October 17, 2018. 

Source: Variety

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