Starz and BBC Worldwide Announce New Original Series “Da Vinci’s Demons”

 

 

 

Source: Starz,BBC Worldwide                                                                                                   October 25, 2011 

Starz Entertainment has green-lit a new original adventure series titled “Da Vinci’s Demons,” developed and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.  This is the first project to enter production under the multi-year agreement Starz signed with BBC Worldwide Productions earlier this summer.

The series was jointly announced today by Starz Media Managing Director, Carmi Zlotnik and BBC Worldwide Productions Head, Jane Tranter.

Written by David S. Goyer, co-writer of blockbuster and critically-acclaimed films Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight and writer of the highly anticipated Man of Steel, the eight-episode series is scheduled to begin production in early-2012.

“Da Vinci’s Demons” is David Goyer’s historical fantasy, following the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius during his raucous youth in Renaissance Florence.  Brash and brilliant, the twenty five-year old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist.  As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time.  He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.

David Goyer commented, “Da Vinci was the original Renaissance man — a near-mythic figure that has world-wide appeal.  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.  And I’m particularly excited that I get to do it on premium cable, where the story can be as dark and challenging and irreverent as it deserves to be.  Starz and BBC Worldwide Productions have been nothing but supportive.”

Zlotnik said, “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.  If modern day has Tony Stark, the Renaissance had da Vinci.  This is a story we believe will captivate the imaginations of audiences around the world and is the first of what we expect to be many productions with our talented partners at BBC Worldwide Productions.”

Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions, said, “The young life of this incredibly complex and brilliant man has not yet been explored.  With David Goyer, whose imagination has created juggernaut and iconic theatrical features, coupled with the premium presence of Chris Albrecht, Carmi Zlotnik and their Starz team, we couldn’t be more passionate about bringing this story to U.S. viewers and international audiences.”

Starz is expected to air the worldwide broadcast premiere in 2013. BBC Worldwide will distribute the series internationally. David S. Goyer is showrunner. Julie Gardner will serve as Executive Producer, along with BBC Worldwide Productions’ Head Jane Tranter.

“Da Vinci’s Demons” is the latest piece of distinguished, exclusive original programming announced from Starz.  “Boss,” starring Kelsey Grammer and produced by Lionsgate debuted on October 21. “Spartacus: Vengeance,” season two of the breakout worldwide hit, returns in January 2012 and the much-anticipated “Magic City,” debuts in April 2012.

BBC Worldwide Productions started its scripted efforts when Jane Tranter, former Controller of BBC Fiction, arrived to run the company in January 2009. Shortly thereafter Julie Gardner, former Head of Drama, BBCWales, joined as SVP, Scripted, BBC Worldwide Productions. Tranter and Gardner have been responsible for a plethora of titles in their careers including “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood,” “Little Dorrit,” “Bleak House,” “Girl in a Café,” “Ashes to Ashes” and “State of Play.” “Torchwood: Miracle Day” was the first scripted series produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, recently wrapped its run on Starz. The company has over 20 scripted projects in sold development with various cable and network partners as well as 10 unscripted series currently in production.

The Dark Knight Rises (Update)


It’s been over 3 years since the release of The Dark Knight many of us thought after eight Academy Award nominations, then wining  two  Best Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor ( Heath Ledger) at 81st Academy Awards,  grossed  over a billion dollars worldwide kinda expect that a last installment wasn’t in the near future, On February 2010 it was confirmed a screenplay was commencing.

February 9, 2010 it was comfirmed that David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan was teaming up with for the third flim, With brother Christopher directing. On October 27, 2010 Nolan announced the title of the film will be “The Dark Knight Rises“, things looked alittle bumpy when Goyer left to work on the new superman reboot The Man of Steel with Christopher things worked out later on and Christopher has since stated he will continue to direct the film.

On an estimated budget of $250 million filming started May 6, 2011, in Jodhpur, India and will conclude in November, Nolan has stated it will not be in 3D instead he focus on improving image quality and scale using the IMAX format making the style of the film consistent with the previous movies.

There hasn’t been any real news about the plot as of yet, keep your fingers crossed hopefully they will surprised the fans at Comic-con 2011, with a star powered cast which includes Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman and Tom Hardy as Bane. The series looks like its going  to end on a good note,  At least we know one thing for sure Anna Hathaway sure fills out that Catwoman suit.

 

 

Cast:

  • Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne /Batman
  • Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth
  • Gary Oldman as James Gordon
  • Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
  • Tom Hardy as Bane
  • Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle
  • Josh Pence and Liam Neeson as Ra’s al Ghul
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
  • Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
  • Nestor Carbonell as Mayor Anthony Garcia
  • Matthew Modine as Nixon

 

 

 

 

 Release Date: July 20, 2012

Here’s the new trailer for Dark Knight Rises.