Warner Bros. isn’t the only studio getting behind the idea of recasting the young life of Renaissance poster boy Leonardo da Vinci as an action movie. Last year, WB started working on Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever, written by Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) from a pitch by producers Adrian Askarieh, Roy Lee and Doug Davison.
Now Universal has its own ‘young Leo’ film: a spec simply called Leonardo, by Jonny Kurzman, with Watchmen and Hellboy producer Larry Gordon producing. Read More »
Lloyd Levin isn’t the only Watchmen producer breaking his silence today. Larry Gordon, the producer who has been painted as the villain in the whole Watchmen fiasco has written a lengthy to U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess. Gordon places blame on Fox (of course) and his lawyers at the time. The Judge’s previous decision found Gordon at blame for not securing rights from Fox before setting the project up at Warner Bros. Gordon claims in the letter that Fox sent his lawyer Tom Hunter a chain of title that did not include the 1991 quitclaim that granted Fox distribution rights to the film and a share of profits if Gordon made it elsewhere. The letter reads:
“It is Mr. Gordon’s position that the execution of the 1994 turnaround agreement was the result of either a mutual mistake by both parties or a unilateral mistake made by his counsel, on which Mr. Gordon relied.”
Seems to me like a very calculated move on Gordon’s part, as both an attempt to distance himself from the mess and also assist Warner Bros in their claim of distribution rights to the comic property. Bottom line is that both purposes seem completely self serving.