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Warner Bros. has acquired historical thriller “Principia” and set up the project with David S. Goyer producing through his Phantom Four Productions banner with Kevin Turen.

The story, which is being written by Christian Contreras from his pitch, centers on English mathematician and physicist Isaac Newton hunting for a criminal four centuries ago. Newton’s book “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (“Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”) was published in 1687, establishing the scientific foundation for the laws of motion and gravitation.

Warner Bros. signed Goyer — whose writing credits include the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Man of Steel” and the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” — to a first-look deal in 2013. He’s also producing the horror-thriller “The Forest,” starring Natalie Dormer, for Lava Bear.

Contreras has acting credits in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Fury.” Goyer and Contreras are repped by WME and Bloom Hergott and Contreras is managed by Grandview.

Drew Crevello and Julia Spiro will oversee “Principia” for Warner Bros.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.