“Da Vinci’s Demons” — while deeply rooted in the factual details of Leonardo Da Vinci’s life, creator David Goyer has crafted a historical thrill ride for us all.
The coming series follows the untold story of the world’s greatest genius during the turbulent days as a young man in Renaissance Florence. It’s a larger-than-life portrait of an artist as a 25-year-old inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer, idealist, with a genius that is beyond his time or any other.
He becomes swept up in the court intrigue of the Medici and the growing war with the Vatican, and all the while embarking on a mystical quest in hopes of answering the one question that his superior intellect cannot solve.
“Da Vinci’s Demons” premieres on April 12th at 10 p.m. in the U.S., following the finale of “Spartacus,” and will launch globally on 150 channels through Fox
And just recently, David S. Goyer actually gained access to Leonardo Da Vinci's real journals!
Today anyone can access hundreds of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s own journals, thanks to the British Library who just put them online.
Portions from this once private document actually served as an early influence for series the upcoming STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons,” premiering Friday, April 12th at 10pm et/pt.
In his early research, show creator David S. Goyer (co-writer of Dark Knight Trilogy and writer of upcoming Man of Steel) uncovered that within a year of da Vinci’s death, 7,000 of his 13,000 journal pages went missing. In fact, little is known about who da Vinci was in 1477, when the series begins.
During a recent visit to the British Museum, who has a collection of da Vinci’s actual journal pages on display, Goyer was given behind the scenes access to experience the genius' work first hand.
Commenting on his visit, Goyer says: “Accessing some of Leonardo da Vinci’s own journal pages from the British Museum’s collection was inspiring to say the least. Even in another language and often, written backwards in da Vinci’s mirror handwriting, one can feel the remarkable influence of da Vinci’s unparalleled genius. ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ is an opportunity to delve into the gaps in history and imagine what this man may have been like and what he may have accomplished in his youth—what might have been in those 7,000 missing pages.”
Also another interesting fact: Goyer even came across actual wine and food stains on some of the pages of the journal. Geniuses need to nosh while they think too!