Rob Cohen Developing Action Movie Based on Sir Isaac Newton

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Cohen will pen the screenplay, which focuses on Newton as the chief detective and head of the British Mint.

Get ready for Sir Isaac Newton, action star.

Director Rob Cohen has partnered with producer Gene Kirkwood, who executive produced Rocky back in 1976, to develop a franchise based on Newton, the historical figure that is known for his work in the fields of physics and mathematics.

Newly launched entertainment banner BiteSize Entertainment, described as a multiplatform studio, is behind the project and made the announcement.

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Cohen will write a script, which will focus on Newton as the chief detective and head of the British Mint. He also will oversee the design of a graphic novel based on the script.

"I've wanted to work with Gene since we first met when I was at Motown in 1975," said Cohen. "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."

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Said Kirkwood: "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."

Cohen, whose credits include The Fast and the Furious and The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, recently wrapped production on Alex Cross, which stars Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox. Summit/Lionsgate is releasing the movie Oct. 26.