Leonardo DiCaprio's Leonardo Da Vinci Biopic Gets 'Skyfall' Scribe to Script


“Skyfall” and “Gladiator” scribe John Logan has been hired to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci.”


Leonardo DiCaprio has, reportedly, tapped John Logan to write the script of former’s upcoming Leonardo da Vinci biopic, according to Deadline. The idea is that Logan will be working on the script for the Da Vinci movie while DiCaprio is off filming for Quentin Tarantino’s new project. Although there’s not a single specific conflict for Da Vinci, there’s plenty of material to draw from. Per Deadline:

Logan has plenty to work with from Isaacson, who used Da Vinci’s notebooks to weave a narrative that connects his art to his science and voracious curiosity and imagination. Aside from his priceless paintings, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy (his iconic drawing of Vitruvian Man), fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry. 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. According to the book, he also was a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical.

The book was based on thousands of pages from da Vinci’s notebooks and focused on his passionate curiosity, careful observation, and imagination and he studied numerous sciences including botany, geology, palaeontology, ornithology, hoplology, anatomy and aviation.

DiCaprio recently reunited with his Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino, and is currently working on his 1969 Project, where he is said to be playing a fictional former TV star. Logan is expected to start work on the adaptation whilst the Tarantino film is being shot, with a view to start the production once DiCaprio is free again. The as-yet-untitled film is certainly still some way off, but it will be interesting to see what the versatile actor brings to the role once it finally hits theaters. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the Leonardo Da Vinci biopic in the meantime.