13 August, 2017
Paramount and Universal are in a ferocious seven-figure bidding battle tonight to acquire the Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci, with Appian Way in the center of this to produce the film as a potential star vehicle for DiCaprio.
Known as the painter of "The Last Supper" and the "Mona Lisa", da Vinci is also famous for his inventions and scientific works, including his drawing of the Vitruvian Man which represents the ideal human proportions.
In 2014 DiCaprio revealed the origins of his name, admitting that his father always claimed that he and DiCaprio's mother "were on their honeymoon at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence" when he began kicking.
It'll also be interesting to see how it deals with da Vinci's sexuality, as many people presume he was gay - but scholars disagree whether he was actively gay, or whether he was completely celibate (none of his writings shed much light on the matter).
The author, a former Time magazine editor, has previously written biographies for great minds such as Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin.
Most recently, his 2007 book "Einstein: His Life and Universe" was adapted into National Geographic's "Genius", starring Geoffrey Rush as Einstein. Holmes was at the center of Erik Larson's bestseller Devil in the White City, which DiCaprio bought the rights to in 2010.
When reviews eventually come out for the biopic, expect numerous commentators to remark "this was the role DiCaprio was born to play".
Although he's now got an Oscar on his shelf at long last, Leonardo DiCaprio looks like he's making space for another one with his latest project sounding particularly award-friendly.
Will let you know where the book landed as soon as we know.