Starz bares all for 'Da Vinci'
Posted January 5, 2013
Starz is moving from Ancient Rome to Renaissance Florence.
The vehicle that is taking Starz beyond the soon-to-conclude Roman blood-fest Spartacus is Da Vinci's Demons, a wildly violent fantasy/history riff on the early life of Leonardo Da Vinci. The show, which premieres April 12, comes from David S. Goyer, co-writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy -- though this being Starz, the first fifteen minutes boast more nudity than you got in all three Batman films.
"This is something new for me," says Goyer. "I've never done anything historical or period before … But it wasn't really that difficult, because he's kind of superhero-ey anyway … My approach to it was not that dissimilar to adapting Batman or Superman."
Goyer says he chose Da Vinci -- played by British actor Tom Riley -- as his next superhero because he was both well-known and wildly accomplished. Da Vinci, he says, was more than just an incredible artist: he was an engineer, an inventor, a writer, a lover and a fighter.
As for how much of Da Vinci's real life you'll see in Demons, Goyer says the story is about 85 percent accurate (a number experts should feel free, once they've seen the show, to dispute). "We've embellished it with a little bit of what I'm calling historical fantasy."
Not to mention blood, breasts and penises. Because this is, after all, Starz.
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