Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci book to be adapted by John Logan for Leonardo DiCaprio
John Logan (Gladiator, Skyfall) is set to adapt Walter Isaacson’s book Leonardo Da Vinci for Leonardo DiCaprio, according to Deadline. The film about the painter and scientist comes to us from Paramount Studios. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce for Appian Way. Logan has worked with DiCaprio before when he wrote the script for The Aviator.
Logan is known for writing projects like Gladiator, Skyfall and Genius. DiCaprio, who is expected to star in the film, got his name when his mother was pregnant and looking at a painting from Leonardo Da Vinci when he first kicked.
Amazon describes Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci as follows: “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.”
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