One of the latest trends in fiction is taking famous stories and giving them a genre twist. There’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which surmises the 16th President not only freed the slaves but kicked vampire ass. There’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which populates Jane Austin’s period romance with the undead. And in 2010, J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot bought the rights to Boilerplate: History‚Äôs Mechanical Marvel, a graphic novel which imagines the world’s first robot soldier was around in the early 20th century, fighting alongside the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and hobnobbing with Mark Twain.

Paramount and Bad Robot have now, finally, hired two screenwriters – John D. Payne and Patrick McKay – to adapt Boilerplate for the silver screen. Read more about the writers and story after the break. Read More »

JJ Abrams Producing Victorian-Era Robot Movie

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Is J.J. Abrams about to bring steampunk to the masses? Not quite, but Paramount has bought the rights to Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, a graphic novel that tells of the world’s first robot, supposedly invented in the late 19th century. J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot will handle development of the film. Read More »