Sir Isaac Newton… action star?

Rob Cohen (‘Alex Cross,’ ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,’ ‘The Fast and the Furious’) and producer ‘Gene Kirkwood (‘Rocky’) have teamed up to develop an action adventure franchise based on 17th century physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton.

The screenplay will reportedly focus on the historical figure’s time as the chief detective and warden of the British Royal Mint. Cohen is also overseeing the design of a graphic novel based on the original script.

“I’ve wanted to work with Gene since we first met when I was at Motown in 1975,” Cohen told THR. “He was Interested in Billy Dee Williams to play Apollo Creed in Rocky. That didn’t work out, but I never forgot his intense belief in an unknown actor and his brilliant script. He had and still has vision.”