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Leonardo da Vinci – Action hero?

Posted by LiveFor on March 11, 2010

Warner Bros have got hold of a film called “Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever” from producer Adrian Askarieh, who is teaming with Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison.

THR have that news that the project re-imagines Da Vinci 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. Sounds like it could be fun.

Askarieh, who is producing via his Prime Universe banner, came up with the original idea and wrote the treatment, with a search for a writer now under way.

In the wake of the worldwide success of “Sherlock Holmes,” Warners seems eager to make more projects involving a period setting, a historical figure and the fantastical. Last week, the studio picked up a pitch that has Francis Lawrence attached to direct a supernatural tale featuring explorer Marco Polo, and director Guy Ritchie on the Warren Ellis King Arthur project.

Who could play Leonardo?

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Excalibur – Guy Ritchie to direct Warren Ellis’ Sword

Posted by LiveFor on March 4, 2010

Apart from the title of this post sounding wrong in a bad way this is some excellent news.

There are currently 2 King Arthur movies on the go in Hollywood. One is a remake of the 1981 Excalibure and Bryan Singer is attached to that. However, he is attached to an awful lot of other things so time will tell on that one.

Better news is for the Warren Ellis version of Excalibur which, “differs from the prior 751 King Arthur movies in many ways, but perhaps most obviously in that it is very specifically about the gathering of the Knights.”

Both versions are with Warner Bros and Pajiba have the news that Guy Ritchie will be directing the Ellis version.

Ritchie is riding high on the success of Sherlock Holmes and that film did go some way to proving to certain naysayers that he was more that just a Lock Stock kind of guy.

Ellis is the man when it comes to cool stories. He has written some of the best comics in recent years – Can’t wait for the Vol 2 Absolute edition of Planetary – so his take on King Arthur and the nights should be batshit insane, yet in a good way. The adaption of his comic book, Red, is currently shooting with Bruce Willis so movie wise Mr Ellis is on the right track.

Are you excited about Guy Ritchie directing a Warren Ellis tale of King Arthur? Who would you like to see play Arthur and what do you want to see happen in the film?

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Holy Excalibur – Warren Ellis writing King Arthur movie

Posted by LiveFor on July 28, 2009


Interesting news indeed from the blog of a certain Warren Ellis – writer of Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Crooked Little Vein and so much more.

I was actually cleared to talk about this at San Diego, but all the press I
did there was Japanese-oriented for the Marvel Anime deal… so I’m going to
mention it here, to say I did, and to maybe make up for that by giving the
comics news sites something to post post-SDCC.

I’m writing a film treatment for Hollywood Gang, who co-produced Frank Miller’s 300. Hollywood Gang have previously optioned my graphic novel (with Chris Sprouse) OCEAN.

On my desk, the treatment is called Untitled Arthurian Project.

On their desk, the project is called EXCALIBUR.

I’m working directly with Gianni Nunnari, Oliver Kramer and Craig Flores (whom I was delighted to bump into on the Warner’s lot the other day) and having a great time.

So… yeah. Movie stuff. Other things to talk about soon. I’ve been sitting on that one for months

What do you reckon to that? Will it feature hints of the bleed or a certain snowflake existing in 196,883-dimensional space?

What do you want to see in a King Arthur film by Ellis?

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