By most accounts, Isaac Newton was a genius of the highest order but was also a bit of an ass. He was notoriously difficult to get on with, not particularly social, got into petty and bitter disputes with other mathematicians, and it’s said he made his books deliberately difficult to understand, so he wouldn’t be bothered by amateur scientists, as he knew they wouldn’t be able to get through his tomes.
However it appears The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor director Rob Cohen wants to give him a bit of a makeover, as THR says Cohen is developing a movie that would turn Newton into an action hero! While best known for his work in the fields of physics and mathematics, the movie will focus on Newton’s time as the head of the British Mint, where he helped track down counterfeiters and developed a new standard for money that made it more difficult for criminals to fake cash.
The presumption is the movie will have a bit of a Sherlock Holmes tone and will pretty much ignore the historical Newton in favour of a more dashing, action-packed one. Cohen will write the script and also help develop a graphic novel based on the concept.