Paramount Wins Bidding War for Leonardo da Vinci Biopic Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

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Paramount has beaten out Universal in a seven-figure bidding war for the rights to Walter Isaacson’s book on Leonardo da VinciVariety can confirm. The biopic will star fellow Leo, Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio will also produce the film under his Appian Way banner alongside president of production Jennifer Davisson.

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ICM Partners brokered the deal for Isaacson and his book, “Leonardo da Vinci,” in advance of its release. Universal attempted to outbid Paramount on Friday with bidding continuing into Saturday morning.

DiCaprio’s desire to portray da Vinci on film is no coincidence. The actor’s mother famously claims to have chosen the artist as her son’s namesake when she felt an in utero DiCaprio kick for the first time while examining a da Vinci piece at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy back in 1974.

Isaacson is a New York Times Best Selling author who has written biographies on other notable thinkers such as Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin. Most recently, his 2007 book “Einstein: His Life and Universe” was adapted into National Geographic’s “Genius,” starring Geoffrey Rush as Einstein.

“Leonardo da Vinci” will be released Oct. 17, 2017.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Tiny says:

    Can’t wait. Should be great.

  2. ABOUT TIME says:

    Can’t wait for this. About time we got a new DiCaprio film. It dosent matter who the director is since DiCaprio is the creative driving force behind all his films.

  3. So far no role is beyond di caprio’s capabilities.

  4. bobbysue says:

    yikes, this so over di caprio’s head
    should be amusing…

    • Stewart says:

      THE ONLY THING AMUSING IS HOW DUMB THAT COMMENT WAS. IF DICAPRIO CAN’T DO IT, NO ONE CAN. DICAPRIO HAS PROVEN BEYOND DOUBT THAT HE IS THE BEST ACTOR AROUND TODAY.

  5. No says:

    Good God no. Leo and his boyish voice is no match for the gravitas that is required to play such character. Just because his mama thought he had to carry an important name doesn’t mean he can do it.

    • Blargh says:

      Seriously! He can’t pull it off as an actor! Can Hollywood stop being stupid??

    • Cass says:

      Don’t worry Paramount will find a way to make it bomb.

      • Grow up Blaragh and smell the roses. says:

        Seriesly, how can you be so blind? Of course he can pull it off. It’s Leonardo DiCaprio. Look at his other films. He pulls it off every time. The comment about his voice is particularly dense since he has always been able to use the voice, deep or low, that fits that character.

      • Granite says:

        Stop being stupid yourself. What age are you. Of course he can pull it off. He is the best. His filmography proves it. You only make yourself look foolish when you say otherwise.

  6. Walter says:

    The release date in this has got to be wrong. They must have meant 2018.

  7. François Audouy says:

    Released Oct. 17, 2017? Well they better get cracking!!!

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