Abrams' Bad Robot Making a Robot Movie About 'Boilerplate'
by Alex Billington
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!