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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.

Producer Gene Kirkwood says:

We see this as a real opportunity to redefine the concept from day one, using multiple channels and outlets to more creatively develop and extend the characters and storyline while generating huge excitement in advance of the theatrical release.

We all know why they’re using Newton instead of making up their own new character—because everyone knows his name. But maybe there’s a specific case from his history that they’ll focus on. There’s one involving a man named William Chaloner that prominently featured treason, scams, and conspiracies. That could make for an interesting film.

Cohen’s next movie, Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox, opens October 26th.

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