Today’s a big day for unlikely action film developments; in this case I imagine that Neal Stephenson just started sharpening one of his swords. The author created a very specific portrait of the pioneer scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who also worked for a time at the British Mint, for his massive eight-book Baroque Cycle. In Stephenson’s telling, Newton is intensely brilliant, fiercely competitive, reclusive almost to the point of drama, and a scientific pioneer who was also devoutly, unwaveringly devoted to his faith.

I know, I know: halfway through that explanation you were already thinking, “duh, action hero.”

But Rob Cohen, who directed Stealth and just finished Alex Cross, is planning an action franchise based around Newton’s days at the Mint. Read More »