Abrams' Bad Robot Making a Robot Movie About 'Boilerplate'

July 29, 2010


I was wondering when we would see J.J. Abrams' company Bad Robot actually make a robot movie! Heat Vision reports that Paramount and Bad Robot have picked up rights to a graphic novel-picture book hybrid called Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel (buy it on Amazon) that tells a story of "the world's first robot, who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing on the battlefields of World War I." Awesome, just awesome, what a perfect and hilarious concept for a movie!

Abrams will be producing at Bad Robot. The book's co-writer Paul Guinan originally pitched the concept on a website 11 years ago when trying to drum up interest in a graphic novel. The site eventually took on a life of its own when some people started believing the robot and its history to be true. (You can visit viral sites like this one.) The book was finally published last year. No word on who is even writing the adaptation, but I think it's safe to assume that writers Boilerplate writers Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett will be involved in some way. I'm totally 100% sold on this, want to see it happen as soon as possible, I already love it so much!

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  • Eli
    Well critics and advertisers will have plenty of juicy info to sell this idea before it hits theaters. It piques my interest just a little. As long as there are good transitions between the places he finds himself. I do have a question for you. What would one have to do to garner the attention of Abrams to get him to at least glance at my work which I think he would find rather mindblowing?
    This is basically "Bad Robot" the film then, eh? hahaha...can't wait to hear more about this bizarre Forrest Gumpian story.
  • Marty
    Who is Terry Roosevelt?
  • xMort
    This sounds similar to Amazing screw-on head by Mike Mignola. It's about robotic head in service of Abraham Lincoln
  • Cracky
    Sounds absolutely delightful.
  • jajja ..what a the pic too.. we will see...
  • ocp
    Bad Wobot
  • Paul
    Boilerplate is awesome! The book is really hilarious, I'm glad it got picked up.
  • Whenever I hear about or see the Bad Robot banner I get sad because it makes me miss Lost. ...This project kind of reminds me of Short Circuit though, but that's a good thing so I'm definitely looking forward to it.
  • mikw
  • ian kuah
    I picked up the book last year when i stumbled upon it in Borders, and it is super engrossing and very well done. All the photography is really convincing and the story moves along surprisingly smoothly. I thought it would make an interesting film, so this is exciting. It isn't really anything like Short Circuit though. I'd have to say better.




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