Christian Contreras has landed a pen project.
Warner Bros. has acquired Principia, a pitch that will be scripted by the Latino actor/screenwriter, with David Goyer producing through his Phantom Four Productions banner with Kevin Turen.
The logline is being kept under wraps, but the project is based on actual events.
A high-concept historical thriller in the vein of The Prestige, Principia involves Isaac Newton and the hunt for a notorious criminal.
Contreras, an American who lives in London and has acted in Fury, The Fifth Estate and Zero Dark Thirty, just came to Hollywood a couple of weeks ago with an idea he wanted to write. He signed with WME and Grandview Entertainment, and Goyer heard the pitch late last week and set it up with Warner Bros that night.