Hollywood loves nothing so much as copying successes. It's how gladiator, vampire and zombie trends start to run amok. And now that historical action hybrids are all the rage -- Sherlock Holmes, The Da Vinci Code, we're looking at you -- there's apparently a rush on projects centered on Leonardo Da Vinci. Slashfilm's got the scoop here.
In a way, the prototypical Renaissance Man could be a great polymath action hero. He may not have been a brawler but he invented amazing contraptions during a time of antiquarian tumult. That's enough for Tinsel Town. It's probably not a coincidence that these projects are finding traction at a time when the Assassin's Creed games have introduced Da Vinci to new audiences via a powerful entertainment medium. Now, if DaVinci's in the Assassin's Creed movie that's in development, then someone might have to call in the Templars.