By Jennifer Maas
Updated April 02, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to a historical thriller centered around the physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who goes on a mission to hunt down a notorious criminal.

EW has confirmed the film, entitled Principia, is being produced by screenwriter David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice) and written by Christian Contreras. Deadline first reported the news.

Goyer’s credits include penning the scripts for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Man Of Steel, and the upcoming Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Contreras has had a few small acting roles and wrote the script for the drama Labyrinth, a film about the murders of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. According to Deadline, Principia is based on historical events, and is similar to The Prestige.

Sir Isaac Newton was a mathematician and physicist who wrote the three laws of motion. He also served as Master of the Mint for three decades, a job he took very seriously and used to find those who were manufacturing counterfeit money. So will Newton be tracking down a notorious counterfeiter in Principia? And will we be able to take the film seriously if he does it with a powdered wig on the whole time?