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Sir Isaac Newton Faces Bill Nye In Another Epic Rap Battle Of History

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Epic Rap Battles of History has been pitting famous opponents against each other in lyrical sparring matches since 2010. Over that time, they’ve had such unlikely matches as John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reilly, Genghis Khan vs. the Easter Bunny, and Back to the Future’s Doc Brown vs. the Doctor from Doctor Who. Oh, and Darth Vader has challenged Hitler three times, because goodness knows the internet loves a good Hitler joke. Now ERB is back with their latest challenge, and it pits Sir Isaac Newton against Bill “The Science Guy” Nye…with a surprise third challenger, but we won’t spoil the surprise. Well, at least not until after this…

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Sir Isaac Newton, Action Hero?

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When you hear the name Sir Isaac Newton—you know, the physics and mathematics forerunner (the guy with the apple to us laymen)—what’s the first thing you think of? If it isn’t badass action hero, well, that might change. Director Rob Cohen (xXx, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) is developing an action franchise based on the 17th century scientist.

We’re talking revisionist history in the vein of Edgar Allen Poe and James McTeigue’s The Raven. Cohen will write the script, as well as oversee a graphic-novelization of said script. The story “will focus on Newton as the chief detective and head of the British Mint.”

I don’t entirely know what to say to this. Again, can’t help but be reminded of The Raven, which wasn’t particularly impressive. Newton did work for the mint, and he did go after counterfeiters, I just wonder how exciting a movie or comic that will make. Even though he did all of these things, that doesn’t necessarily mean he has the makings of an action star.