J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company are going to develop a period film set in the Victorian age with robots! The film will be called Boilerplate, and there's no doubt it is heavily influenced by steampunk. The film will of course be adapted from a book/graphic novel called Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett.
The film will tell the 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.
This movie sounds like it will be a lot of fun, both story wise and visually. This has the potential to be a huge epic type film, and with Abrams involved you know it will be a quality movie. I'm looking forward to this.
What do you all think about Abrams bringing this Boilerplate story to life on the big screen?
Here is a description of the book/graphic novel:
Meet Boilerplate, the world’s first robot soldier—not in a present-day military lab or a science-fiction movie, but in the past, during one of the most fascinating periods of U.S. history. Designed by Professor Archibald Campion in 1893 as a prototype, for the self-proclaimed purpose of “preventing the deaths of men in the conflicts of nations,” Boilerplate charged into combat alongside such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia. Campion and his robot also circled the planet with the U.S. Navy, trekked to the South Pole, made silent movies, and hobnobbed with the likes of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla.
You say you’ve never heard of Boilerplate before? That’s because this book is the fanciful creation of a husbandand-wife team who have richly imagined these characters and inserted them into accurate retellings of history. This full-color chronicle is profusely illustrated with graphics mimicking period style, including photos, paintings, posters, cartoons, maps, and even stereoscope cards. Part Jules Verne and part Zelig, it’s a great volume for a broad range of fans of science fiction, history, and robots.