A spin-off TV series based on the recently released film Leo da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa is being prepped as an international co-production.
The 52×13-minute 3D animated series, Leo da Vinci, follows 15-year-old Leo, whose curiosity and desire to learn lead him to create new inventions and have fun with his friends Lisa and Lorenzo. Leo also uses the inventions to keep evil at bay.
Rai Ragazzi, Gruppo Alcuni and Cosmos-Maya are joining forces to co-produce the spin-off series, which will air on Rai TV. Leo da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa is produced by Gruppo Alcuni and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Anish Mehta, the CEO of Cosmos-Maya, said, “We brought in the 3D animation revolution in India with Motu Patlu and with each subsequent show, pushed all the envelopes of quality. Inspector Chingum, our latest show, which is currently on air, has the finest 3D animation quality for an Indian series. Now with Leo da Vinci’s global appeal and universal storytelling, we are taking a step forward internationally. The pedigree of a major European production house like Gruppo Alcuni and people’s familiarity with Leonardo da Vinci and his work will enable the series to have a reach of more than 100 countries. This is what attracted us to this project in the first place.”
Sergio Manfio, the president and creative director of Gruppo Alcuni and director of the series, commented, “Leonardo’s achievements interest adults more than children. He has done such great things that seem incredible to us. However, to the little ones, who carry with them the gift of imagination, they seem almost normal. So, we wanted to create something for Leonardo to be accessible to them and then in our film we added pirates, the flight. We wanted to combine fantasy with genius. With Cosmos-Maya’s proven track record, we are confident that the series will be a success worldwide.”