Sometimes it’s worth the eye-rolling and dismissive sneers from one’s readership when the target is this easy, but it seems that the Leonardo da Vinci biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio will be a case of Leoception. The rolling of your eyes is much appreciated.
Deadline reports that after an intense bidding war between Universal and Paramount Pictures, the latter has emerged victorious While no particular figure has been disclosed, it seems both studios were throwing around seven-figure bids in order to win the rights to Walter Isaacson yet to be released book based on the artist’s life. ICM and DiCaprio brokered this deal and DiCaprio will also produce the film under his Appian Way banner alongside the company’s president of production, Jennifer Davisson.
According to reports, the bid for the rights began with Paramount putting in an initial bid before Universal entered aggressively on Friday and representatives for both studios fought hard well into Saturday afternoon before Paramount was announced the winner. Elizabeth Raposo, Paramount’s president of production, reportedly played a significant part in making that happen, sources have told Deadline.
My joke about DiCaprio playing da Vinci aside, it seems the actor does have a strong personal desire to bring this role to the screen. According to Variety, the actor’s mother famously claims to have named DiCaprio after Leonardo da Vinci because she felt him kick for the first time when viewing a da Vinci piece at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy in 1974.
Isaacson is a New York Times bestseller whose previous biographies include Steve Jobs, which was adapted by Aaron Sorkin and brought to the screen by Danny Boyle and a biography of Albert Einstein, which was the basis for the Emmy-nominated NatGeo series Genius, starring Geoffrey Rush.
The book will be titled Leonardo da Vinci and will be available on October 17th, 2017.