New TV Series Explores Leonardo da Vinci’s Dark Side

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No, Da Vinci’s Demons is not the new Dan Brown novel (thankfully), but it does also feed our ongoing fascination with the dark side of history’s most brilliant minds. Starz — best known for their smutty programming that in-part explores the lives of historical figures such as Spartacus and King Arthur — is getting classy with BBC Worldwide for a new series they want to release in 2013. Writer and executive producer David Goyer, co-writer on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, will oversee Da Vinci’s Demons.

The new show will focus on a 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci (before his beard was sexy). “This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness, and all things profane. And I’m particularly excited that I get to do it on premium cable, where the story can be as dark and challenging and irreverent as it deserves to be,” Goyer revealed.

Are you looking forward to seeing the legendary artist and inventor in a new light, or would you rather not know how the genius Renaissance man sowed his wild oats during the (apparently) raunchy days of the 15th century?