Leonardo da Vinci -- Action Hero? 

Da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci!

So Warner Bros. wants to turn Leonardo da Vinci, painter, inventor, engineer, architect, mathematician, into a full blown action hero!

The Hollywood Reporter told us that the studio has picked up a treatment titled "Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever" from producer Adrian Askarieh, who is teaming with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison.

The iconic painter of "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" will be reimagined as a member of a secret society (wow, ala "The Da Vinci Code" -- isn't that ironic, don't you think?) who goes to a supernatural adventure that pits him against Biblical demons. The story involves secret codes (yes, again, "The Da Vinci Code"), lost civilizations, hidden fortresses, and fallen angels.

THR says think "National Treasure" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by way of "Clash of the Titans," I say, all of the above plus "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons."

WB is into fantastical/historical kick lately. First it was "Sherlock Holmes," then explorer "Marco Polo" ("I Am Legend" director Francis Lawrence is attached), now, it's da Vinci!

They should pit him against "Da Vinci Code's" Robert Langdon! :happy

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See the New "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" Trailer! More Shirtless Jacob! 

Am I turning into a twihard? First, I became an instant fan of Robert Pattinson after meeting him for the "Remember Me" press junket (check out my fun one-on-one interview with Pattinson right here).

Now, I'm giddy like a tween upon seeing the new trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Why? Because I love Dakota Fanning from the second film, and there's a little subplot revelation about her in the trailer, and I also love Bryce Dallas Howard who replaced Rachele Lefevre as the vengeful vampire Victoria, and there's a great revelatory shot of her in the trailer as well.

So I squealed after watching the trailer, and I want to share it with you! The third installment is from director David Slade ("30 Days of Night") and is set to open June 30th.

My only problem? Never been a big fan of screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, I thought her scripts did not give justice to the first two installments, but, the third may be the best among the three, or heck, among the four (or five, if Summit moves with plans to divide the last film in two)!

For now ogle at the world of "Twilight" and yes, there's another shirtless Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in there, and a seemingly darker Bella (Kristen Stewart).

Call me intrigued!

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Cate Blanchett Joins Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana for Intriguing Action Thriller "Hanna" 

As we reported last month, Eric Bana is set to play Saoirse Ronan's dad in the upcoming action thriller "Hanna." Ronan is set to play a teenage assassin for her "Atonement" director Joe Wright.

Now, Focus informed me that Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett has joined the cast and production will begin filming in Europe next week! Also joining the cast is Niels Arestrup who recently won the César Award (France’s Academy Award equivalent) for Best Supporting Actor for "A Prophet" ["Un Prophète"].

Focus also shared the top secret plot:

Hanna (to be played by Ms. Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider; these come from being raised by her father (Mr. Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Sweden. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Oh this is so freaking intriguing. It reads like a comic book! I love it already! And I love the cast and the director!

Here's more from Focus:

Seth Lochhead wrote the initial screenplay and has written subsequent drafts, as have David Farr, Joe Penhall, and Mr. Wright. Academy Award nominee Leslie Holleran (Chocolat) is producing Hanna with the team of Marty Adelstein and Scott Nemes (who are in post-production on The Experiment). Barbara A. Hall, who executive-produced Focus’ Academy Award-winning Milk, encores in that capacity on Hanna. Focus senior vice president, European production Teresa Moneo is supervising Hanna for president of production John Lyons. European locations for Hanna’s filming will include Finland, Bavaria, Morocco, and Berlin (the latter in part at Studio Babelsberg).

Mr. James Schamus, Focus CEO said, “We’re so pleased to reunite with Saoirse and Joe for Hanna – Focus’ biggest production yet. With Saoirse taking on such a demanding role opposite Cate and Eric, this movie will be not only breathlessly exciting but also emotionally affecting.”

I agree! I can't wait for this movie!

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Clint Eastwood to Tackle J. Edgar Hoover! 

J. Edgar Hoover's life will get the Clint Eastwood treatment in a new project being developed by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment.

According to EW.com, "Milk" screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black," has written the script that follows "Hoover’s career, from the founding of the FBI in 1935 to his long tenure as director of the crime-fighting organization that lasted until 1972 when he died. Should Eastwood decide to make it his next film, he will produce it with Grazer through his Malpaso Productions."

There's no studio attached to the project yet, although it was originally set up at Universal. But Eastwood has a longstanding relationship with Warner Bros., so this Hoover project may end up at the WB.

Since the script is written by Black, I'm wondering if Hoover's homosexual activities and relationship will be included! They better!

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Icon to Icon -- Robert De Niro to Play Vince Lombardi 

The legendary Robert De Niro is set to play football legend Vince Lombardi in the new biopic "Lombardi."

ESPN Films has attached Academy Award winner Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump") to write the script. According to ESPN.com, ESPN Films, Andell Entertainment and the NFL, will tackle Lombardi's illustrious career in football, starting in 1959 when he took over the Green Bay Packers, then the worst team in the NFL. Under Lombardi's direction, the team went on to become champions.

The longstanding drama between Lombardi and Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry will also be featured. No actor has been hired yet to play Landry.

Right now, ESPN Films is on the hunt for a director, and "Lombardi" is set to open nationwide the weekend before the 2012 Super Bowl.

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