David Goyer Brings ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ To Starz

The screenwriter of 'The Dark Knight' casts Leonardo Da Vinci as the lead of a new TV series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

As a writer, David S. Goyer has chronicled the adventures of some of the greatest superheroes for the big screen. But for his next TV project, Goyer has a more down to Earth hero in mind, but it's still someone of legendary proportions.

Starz has announced that it has picked up "Da Vinci's Demons," a new historical fantasy/adventure series created by Goyer that focuses on Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the leading minds of the Renaissance movement who is still highly regarded for his genius to this day.

“Da Vinci was the original Renaissance man — a near-mythic figure that has worldwide appeal," noted Goyer in a statement. "After working with characters like Batman and Superman, it made a strange kind of sense for me to dive into the facts and legends swirling around his origins."

 “This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness, and all things profane,” continued Goyer. “['Da Vinci’s Demons' will be] as dark and challenging and irreverent as it deserves to be.”

“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," added Carmi Zlotnik, Starz Media's Managing Director. "If modern day has [Iron Man's] Tony Stark, the Renaissance had da Vinci.”

Goyer is primarily known for being the co-writer of "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Man of Steel" with Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. Prior to that, Goyer wrote the "Blade" trilogy and directed the third movie in that series, in addition to many other films including the cult classic "Dark City" and provided the story for the upcoming "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."

Previously, Goyer also served as a writer and executive producer for the "Blade" TV series as well as "FlashForward" and "Threshold."
"Da Vinci's Demons" will begin production early in 2012 before running for eight episodes in 2013.