J.J. Abrams tackles 'Boilerplate': Now, that's a good robot. | EW.com

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J.J. Abrams tackles 'Boilerplate': Now, that's a good robot.


BoilerplateImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosWe may have just found our next J.J. Abrams project to obsess over: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the guy who brought Star Trek back to life has decided to produce a big screen version of Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, based on Paul Guinan’s graphic novel about a robot in the 19th Century. You have to check out Guinan’s website to truly appreciate the concept, but it’s basically a fake history of a mechanical man in a doughboy helmet – the world’s first robot, invented by Professor Archibald Campion – who rides alongside Teddy Roosevelt, goes on an expedition to the Antarctic, and becomes friends with Mark Twain. Guinen’s website did such a good job making Boilerplate seem like a real part of actual historical events, a lot of visitors were fooled, believing that a robot really had charged into combat during the Spanish-American War. That would have been incredibly cool, for sure, but sadly, it was all made up in Guinen’s imagination. Now, let’s see what Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, can do with this brave tin man of the Victorian Age.

What do you think, Popwatchers – are you as curious about this project as we are?