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Isaac Newton and the Three Laws of Starring In An Action Movie?

Jun. 8, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Rob Cohen directing xXx

Isaac Newton led a packed life, one full of biblical dissertations and all sorts of scientific discovery. But then a pirate fell on his head and they fought and Newton saved England. Okay, so maybe that's not quite accurate. 

But what is true is that for the last thirty or so years of his life Newton was Chief Detective and Warden of the British Mint, wherein he cracked down hard on counterfeiters and gathered the damning evidence himself via a variety of disguises.  So there's actually some fodder for an exciting action/detective story, which is just what producer/director Rob Cohen (xXx, ALEX CROSS, pictured above) is thinking.

Cohen will write the screenplay himself and work with producer Gene Kirkwood (ROCKY) to commision a comic book that covers the same material so as to raise awareness for the project (rather like what Darren Aronofsky did for NOAH).

This initially sounds like a blatant rip of SHERLOCK HOLMES - what history-based action flick doesn't these days - but if enough of Newton's science can be incorporated there may be an interesting hook to this yet.  The movie will be produced through Kirkwood's new studio BiteSize Entertainment.

Isaac Newton prism

"My work is gripping and dangerous, by God! Look at that beam of light!"

Extra Tidbit: Newton extracted scientific evidence from the Bible which led him to believe that the world would end no earlier than 2060. So that's a relief. Kind of. Mayans or not, we may still be f***ed.
Source: Variety

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8:00AM on 06/09/2012
From the visionary director of xXx, Stealth and The Mummy 3.

When your BEST movies are only Dragonheart, The Fast and the Furious, and Daylight; you've got problems.
From the visionary director of xXx, Stealth and The Mummy 3.

When your BEST movies are only Dragonheart, The Fast and the Furious, and Daylight; you've got problems.
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2:43PM on 06/08/2012
I was rather interested in this until I read Cohen's name....The one thing Holmes francise has going for it (other than RDJ obviously) is the unique kinetic direction of Guy Richie, and this has one thing against is Rob Cohen. Unless RDJ steps in here too, PASSS!
I was rather interested in this until I read Cohen's name....The one thing Holmes francise has going for it (other than RDJ obviously) is the unique kinetic direction of Guy Richie, and this has one thing against is Rob Cohen. Unless RDJ steps in here too, PASSS!
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11:53AM on 06/08/2012

not to judge a book by it's cover

...but that guy just looks like a douchebag. And since I hated xXx, and this idea sounds awful, I guess it's like judging a book by its pages AND cover.
...but that guy just looks like a douchebag. And since I hated xXx, and this idea sounds awful, I guess it's like judging a book by its pages AND cover.
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10:28AM on 06/08/2012
This sounded pretty cool until I read that the same director did XXX.
This sounded pretty cool until I read that the same director did XXX.
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9:20AM on 06/08/2012
Rob Cohen, you say?

Put me down as a "thanks, but I'll pass".
Rob Cohen, you say?

Put me down as a "thanks, but I'll pass".
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