×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Da Vinci Biopic Hires James Bond Screenwriter

Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist.

DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle.

Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James Bond movies “Spectre” and “Skyfall,” and a trio of scripts that received Academy Award nominations — “Gladiator,” “The Aviator,” and “Hugo.” It’s Logan’s second collaboration with DiCaprio, more than a decade after he scripted the Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator.”

DiCaprio is starring next in the untitled Quentin Tarantino movie about the Manson Family. The actor has a strong connection to the da Vinci project: he got his first name from the famous painter, as his pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when the future star kicked for the first time.

Isaacson’s book, published by Simon & Schuster in October, was based on thousands of pages from da Vinci’s notebooks and focused on his passionate curiosity, careful observation, and imagination. In addition to painting the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” he pursued studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

Logan is repped by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

More Film

  • VENOM

    China Box Office: 'Venom' Enjoys Spectacular $87 Million Second Weekend

    Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James […]

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Korea Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts' Beats 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and Burns 'BTS'

    Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James […]

  • Lady GagaGovernors Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles,

    Lady Gaga Still Not Back Home in Malibu After Fire

    Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James […]

  • Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in

    Oscars: Disney's 'Mary Poppins' Returns, at Just the Right Time

    Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James […]

  • IDFA Guest Of Honor Helena Trestikova

    IDFA Guest Of Honor Helena Trestikova: ‘Uncertainty Is My Slogan’

    Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James […]

  • Pablo Ferro Dead: Title Designer Was

    Pablo Ferro, Legendary Title Designer for 'Dr. Strangelove,' Dies at 83

    Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James […]

  • 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Foreign Box Office:

    'Fantastic Beasts 2' Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch

    Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content