John Logan To Adapt Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci Book For Leo DiCaprio

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has set John Logan to adapt the Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci as a star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio to play the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won the book last year following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s recent screen credits include Genius, Specter, Gladiator and Skyfall, and this is his second collaboration with DiCaprio after he scripted the Martin…

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has set John Logan to adapt the Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci as a star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio to play the painter/scientist. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won the book last year following a multi-studio bidding battle. Logan’s recent screen credits include Genius, Specter, Gladiator and Skyfall, and this is his second collaboration with DiCaprio after he scripted the Martin…

Lionsgate, Appian Way To Make Ulysses S. Grant Film; Option Ron Chernow Bio

EXCLUSIVE: Lionstate and Appian Way have acquired movie rights to Grant, the new bestselling Ron Chernow biography of Ulysses S. Grant. David James Kelly has been set to adapt. Chernow is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Washington: A Life, whose Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony winning musical Hamilton. Pic will be produced by Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, with Chernow the exec producer.
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EXCLUSIVE: Lionstate and Appian Way have acquired movie rights to Grant, the new bestselling Ron Chernow biography of Ulysses S. Grant. David James Kelly has been set to adapt. Chernow is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Washington: A Life, whose Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony winning musical Hamilton. Pic will be produced by Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, with Chernow the exec producer. The book was…

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese Reteam on Teddy Roosevelt Biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are in negotiations to develop “Roosevelt,” a drama about Teddy Roosevelt at Paramount as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio to headline with Martin Scorsese directing, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Scott Bloom will write “Roosevelt,” and DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way shingle, along with Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff through Sikelia, with Chuck Pacheco also producing. Appian set the film at Paramount through its first look deal with the studio.

Ted Roosevelt was a New York governor who became vice president and then the youngest U.S. president at the age of 42 after President William Mckinley was assassinated in 1901. Roosevelt is remembered for his foreign policy, corporate reforms and ecological preservation.

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Scorsese and DiCaprio have worked together numerous times before on “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “Shutter Island,” “The Departed” and most recently “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” DiCaprio and Scorsese are also mutually developing “The Devil In The White City” and “Killers of The Flower Moon,” both based on critically acclaimed books.

DiCaprio is repped by Rick Yorn at LBI and attorneys Gretchen Rush and Steve Warren. Scorsese is repped by WME and LBI.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are in negotiations to develop “Roosevelt,” a drama about Teddy Roosevelt at Paramount as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio to headline with Martin Scorsese directing, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Scott Bloom will write “Roosevelt,” and DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way shingle, along with Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff through Sikelia, with Chuck Pacheco also producing. Appian set the film at Paramount through its first look deal with the studio.

Ted Roosevelt was a New York governor who became vice president and then the youngest U.S. president at the age of 42 after President William Mckinley was assassinated in 1901. Roosevelt is remembered for his foreign policy, corporate reforms and ecological preservation.

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See Leonardo DiCaprio's latest POWER MOVE.

PowerRank:

201

Scorsese and DiCaprio have worked together numerous times before on “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “Shutter Island,” “The Departed” and most recently “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” DiCaprio and Scorsese are also mutually developing “The Devil In The White City” and “Killers of The Flower Moon,” both based on critically acclaimed books.

DiCaprio is repped by Rick Yorn at LBI and attorneys Gretchen Rush and Steve Warren. Scorsese is repped by WME and LBI.

Deadline first reported the news.

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‘Akira’ Back? ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Helmer Taika Waititi In Talks

EXCLUSIVE:  Akira is revving back up, with Warner Bros negotiating with Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director and actor who helmed Thor: Ragnarok. Pic is  a live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 6-volume graphic novel. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. Mad Chance’s Lazar is producing with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The picture has…

EXCLUSIVE:  Akira is revving back up, with Warner Bros negotiating with Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director and actor who helmed Thor: Ragnarok. Pic is  a live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's 6-volume graphic novel. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. Mad Chance’s Lazar is producing with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The picture has…

Leo Meet Leo: Paramount, Universal Vie For Walter Isaacson Da Vinci Book For DiCaprio

EXCLUSIVE: Legend has it that Leonardo DiCaprio was so named because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when the future star kicked for the first time. So it seems like destiny that DiCaprio someday might play his namesake, the artist who painted The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa.
Paramount and Universal are in a ferocious seven-figure bidding battle tonight to acquire the Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci, with Appian…

EXCLUSIVE: Legend has it that Leonardo DiCaprio was so named because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when the future star kicked for the first time. So it seems like destiny that DiCaprio someday might play his namesake, the artist who painted The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. Paramount and Universal are in a ferocious seven-figure bidding battle tonight to acquire the Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci, with Appian…

Leonardo DiCaprio to Executive Produce History Channel Documentary ‘Frontiersmen’

Leonardo DiCaprio is heading home, home on the range.

The “Wolf of Wall Street” star is set to executive produce History Channel documentary, “Frontiersmen.” The eight-hour series will tell the tales of Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clarke, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson.

“Frontiersmen” will span a formative period of American history — the first 75 years from the post-revolutionary war colonies through the California Gold Rush, per a Monday morning History release. The series will show how the frontier helped shape us from colonists into today’s Americans.

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“During these years, America went from the opportunity of land to the land of opportunity and it was a bloody struggle throughout,” said History Programming chief Paul Cabana. “From Crockett to Boone, we’ll tell the bold stories of these adventurous trailblazers who explored the uncharted wilderness and became the icons we know today.”

“Frontiersmen” is produced for History by Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment. Jennifer Davisson and Stephen David will earn executive producing credits, as will Michael Hampton and Phillip Watson for Appian Way Productions. Kristen Burns and Russ McCarroll are executive producers for History.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Frontiersmen.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio is heading home, home on the range.

The “Wolf of Wall Street” star is set to executive produce History Channel documentary, “Frontiersmen.” The eight-hour series will tell the tales of Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clarke, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson.

“Frontiersmen” will span a formative period of American history — the first 75 years from the post-revolutionary war colonies through the California Gold Rush, per a Monday morning History release. The series will show how the frontier helped shape us from colonists into today’s Americans.

“During these years, America went from the opportunity of land to the land of opportunity and it was a bloody struggle throughout,” said History Programming chief Paul Cabana. “From Crockett to Boone, we’ll tell the bold stories of these adventurous trailblazers who explored the uncharted wilderness and became the icons we know today.”

“Frontiersmen” is produced for History by Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment. Jennifer Davisson and Stephen David will earn executive producing credits, as will Michael Hampton and Phillip Watson for Appian Way Productions. Kristen Burns and Russ McCarroll are executive producers for History.

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Sam Phillips Biopic for Paramount

Paramount Pictures has acquired the book “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll” for an adaptation to star Leonardo DiCaprio, TheWrap has learned.

The film will be developed by Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.

The book, written by Peter Guralnick (“Last Train to Memphis”), tells the story of Phillips and the music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, introducing a sound that had never been heard before.

DiCaprio and Davisson will produce along with Guralnick, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone, Rick Yorn.

The actor’s production company currently has four projects in development with the studio, including “The Devil in the White City,” based on the book by Erik Larson, “Sandcastle Empire,” a yet untitled film and a limited television series.

The Appian deal adds prestige to the Paramount lot — in the form of newly-minted Oscar winner DiCaprio — as Paramount continues to seek a minority shareholder to infuse the studio with cash.

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Appian Way has produced films like “The Revenant,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Ides of March,” “Public Enemies” and “The Aviator.”

The company is currently in post-production on Ben Affleck‘s “Live By Night” (2017) and is in pre-production on “Robin Hood: Origins” (2017).

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Paramount Pictures has acquired the book “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll” for an adaptation to star Leonardo DiCaprio, TheWrap has learned.

The film will be developed by Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.

The book, written by Peter Guralnick (“Last Train to Memphis”), tells the story of Phillips and the music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, introducing a sound that had never been heard before.

DiCaprio and Davisson will produce along with Guralnick, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone, Rick Yorn.

The actor’s production company currently has four projects in development with the studio, including “The Devil in the White City,” based on the book by Erik Larson, “Sandcastle Empire,” a yet untitled film and a limited television series.

The Appian deal adds prestige to the Paramount lot — in the form of newly-minted Oscar winner DiCaprio — as Paramount continues to seek a minority shareholder to infuse the studio with cash.

Appian Way has produced films like “The Revenant,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Ides of March,” “Public Enemies” and “The Aviator.”

The company is currently in post-production on Ben Affleck‘s “Live By Night” (2017) and is in pre-production on “Robin Hood: Origins” (2017).

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