Studio Bidding War for Leonardo DiCaprio as Leonardo da Vinci

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At least if the names are any sign, it was clearly meant to be. Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play Italian Renaissance painter/scientist Leonardo da Vinci.

DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way is pushing an adaptation of Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci, with DiCaprio poised to star as the artist behind the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Paramount Pictures was quick to move on the project, seeing as the studio has a first-look deal with Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. But, not to be outdone, Universal Pictures decided to jump on the project as well, resulting in reportedly intense bidding battle between the studios for the rights. The seven-figure auction was eventually won by Paramount, marking quite the big and much-needed acquisition for the studio.

Isaacson is no stranger to biopics, having penned the books behind the Michael Fassbender-starring Steve Jobs and National Geographic’s Geoffrey Rush-starring Albert Einstein series Genius.

As reported by Deadline, the outlet that first broke the news, “Isaacson used Da Vinci’s notebooks to weave a narrative that connects his art to his science and voracious curiosity and imagination.” Apart from his renowned artwork, Da Vinci’s interests and groundbreaking areas of study also focused on architecture, science, music, mathematics, literature, anatomy, geology and astronomy, just to name a few.

At least on the acting front, DiCaprio has been on a bit of a break since The Revenant, which finally earned him his first Academy Award. DiCaprio is also teaming up with Paramount on mafia true story The Black Hand, where he’ll be playing a real-life cop that took on an Italian gang at the turn of the 20th century.

Stay tuned as this high-profile biopic develops.

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