Starz Orders <i>Da Vinci's Demons</i>, a Fantasy Drama from David Goyer

Starz Entertainment has greenlit a historical fantasy series from David S. Goyer, writer of Man of Steel and co-writer of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

Called Da Vinci's Demons, the eight-episode series follows the "untold" story of the legendary 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."

The project will be developed and produced by BBC Worldwide under its new multi-year deal with Starz. Production is set to begin early next year, with a premiere targeted for 2013.

"Da Vinci was the original Renaissance man -- a near-mythic figure that has world-wide appeal," Goyer said in a statement. "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."

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