Although we heard whispers of a movie based on the life of famous British scientist and mathematician, Sir Isaac Newton, back in early 2015, not much about the movie was known.
With movies like National Treasure, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels and Demons, it's safe to say that fictional movies based around actual historical events, when done right, can be huge moneymakers for Hollywood studios. People like watching the exciting figures of history and legend actually be relevant in a story, beyond their high school textbooks. If you liked any of these movies or if you're a fan of history/science, you're in luck.
From an article written back in April 2015, the movie, tentatively titled Principia, this much was known:
According to Variety, David S. Goyer will produce Principia, which will focus on Newton’s hunt for a criminal. The project borrows its name from the title of the scientist’s 1687 book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), which established the laws of motion and gravitation.
That's about it. That's all we've known about the project for quite some time now. But through a recent podcast interview with @Nerdist (@Midnight and The Talking Dead's very own, Chris Hardwick) the producer, David S. Goyer, revealed a few new details that tell us a little more about what Principia will be about.
According to Goyer, after publishing his masterpiece, Principia, Newton became very depressed and reclusive. His friend, the famous philosopher, John Locke, suggested that Newton work for the national Mint in Britain. While working there, Newton discovered that nearly 1/3 of all British currency in circulation at the time was counterfeit. Wanting to crack down on this huge amount of criminal activity, Newton embarks on a personal crusade to catch and arrest all those involved.
Who will star in the movie? When will it be released? Who will direct it? All these things remain unknown, as of now. But hopefully in the coming months we'll hear more about Principia and a little less about sequels, prequels, and reboots.