Double Your Leo As DiCaprio Plays DaVinci Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures are reportedly engaged in a ferocious bidding battle to acquire Walter Isaacson’s upcoming book “Leonardo da Vinci” which has Appian Way slated to produce the film as a potential star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. Isaacson’s book “Steve Jobs” was adapted into the famed Danny Boyle film of the same name from 2015, and a book he wrote about Einstein was adapted into the NatGeo series “Genius”. The book explores the illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical inventor who pursued studies into areas others didn’t dare. Appian Way continues to work on its Warner Bros films that include the “Akira” remake and the film about security guard Richard Jewell, whose life unravelled after his heroic efforts to clear Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park before the 1996 bombing. Born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci was concerned with the laws of science and nature, which greatly informed his work as a painter, sculptor, inventor and draftsmen. His ideas and body of work—which includes "Virgin of the Rocks," "The Last Supper," "Leda and the Swan" and "Mona Lisa"—have influenced countless artists and made da Vinci a leading light of the Italian Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy. Born out of wedlock, the love child of a respected notary and a young peasant woman, he was raised by his father, Ser Piero, and his stepmothers. At the age of 14, da Vinci began apprenticing with the artist Verrocchio. For six years, he learned a wide breadth of technical skills, including metalworking, leather arts, carpentry, drawing and sculpting. By the age of 20, he had qualified as a master artist in the Guild of Saint Luke and established his own workshop. Florentine court records show that da Vinci was charged with and acquitted of sodomy at the age of 22, and for two years, his whereabouts went entirely undocumented.