J.J. Abrams Producing Boilerplate

What if I was to tell you that J.J. Abrams is producing a project about a robot from the Victorian Age? Not very exciting, right? Okay. How about if the robot fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business? For some reason I’m envisioning Futurama‘s Bender living Benjamin Button’s or Forrest Gump’s life.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Paramount picked up the rights to Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, a graphic novel-picture book hybrid by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, to be produced by Abrams and Bad Robot.

The novel inserts the character into pictures drawn in the style of the age – from the Victorian era all the up to the 1910s.

The Buzz: Bad Robot usually likes to keep their projects as under the radar as possible, so this news is a bit of a surprise. But I like the diversity in the projects that are forthcoming: an untitled diamond heist project based on an article from Wired and Mystery on Fifth Avenue, about a Manhattan apartment designed as a giant puzzle. Even the female-centric comedy Morning Glory with Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford starring looks good. The concept of Boilerplate sounds good and I’m sure it will be a visual treat with all the different eras. Anybody else like the concept?


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