‘Da Vinci’s Demons‘ debuted this spring on April 12, 2013, scoring massive ratings. The show was approved for a second season within days of its debut and even though that season has yet to air, plans are already under way for a third. (The show also won two technical Emmys, for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Main Title Design.)
The series focuses on legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci, played by Tom Riley, in his youth, growing up in Florence, Italy. Written by David S. Goyer, the show fuses actual historical information with some fictional elements to depict a tortured young creator.
Here is the show’s official synopsis:
In a world where thought and faith are controlled, one man fights to set knowledge free. The secret history of Leonardo da Vinci’s tantalizing life reveals a portrait of a young man tortured by a gift of superhuman genius. He is a heretic intent on exposing the lies of religion. An insurgent seeking to subvert an elitist society. A bastard son who yearns for legitimacy with his father. He finds himself in the midst of a storm that has been brewing for centuries. A conflict between truth and lies, religion and reason, past and future. His aspirations are used against him by the opposing forces of the time-luring him into a game of seduction where those who despise his intellect need him most. Leonardo must take up the fight against foes who use history to suppress the truth. A hero armed only with genius, Da Vinci stands alone against the darkness within, and the darkness without. Facing an uncertain future, his quest for knowledge nearly becomes his undoing as he explores the fringes of his own sanity. Da Vinci throws himself into his genius and emerges as an unstoppable force that lifts an entire era out of darkness and propels it into light. His story becomes a mirror into our own world, calling us all to join his fight to Free the Future.
Season 2 will find Florence in a bad place, under the rule of the Medicis, with the forces of Rome encroaching.
The creators appeared at New York Comic Con to promote the Starz series and talk about how the series is expanding, the potential for Season 3 and the little known fact that Da Vinci was quite a prankster. Check out the video:
So after the success of the first season, the show is getting “bigger and better” and expanding its scope to various locales.
Are you a fan of this show? Are you looking forward to Season Two in 2014?