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Abrams Producing BOILERPLATE

J.J. Abrams set to produce robotic period piece Boilerplate.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 30, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Director J.J Abrams giving pointers to Tom Cruise in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:III(2006).
© Paramount Pictures

J.J. Abrams' schedule just got a bit busier as he has yet another producing gig beyond numerous projects which includes Paramount's Star Trek sequel and Mission: Impossible IV. Heat Vision is reporting that he and his shingle Bad Robot have been tasked with overseeing an adaptation of Boilerplate, based on the period robotic tale “Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel."

Based on a story told by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, eventually took on a life of its own when some people started believing the robot and its history to be true. The book was published last year by Abrams Image. The publisher is not related to the producer-director.

Plot Concept: "Boilerplate" purports to 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.

Thoughts? Give them below.



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Chopsaki 7/30/2010 3:34:53 AM

I found this interesting bit of trivia on Wikipedia about one of the people Paul Guinan fooled and thought I'd pass it along...

"Boilerplate originally featured on a website created by Paul Guinan in 2000 as an online pitch for a graphic novel. Guinan estimated that roughly a third of the site's visitors treated its faux history as real. People fooled by the site include comedian Chris Elliott, who thought the spoof dated back the 19th century and included the character in one of his books."

"Boilerplate is a character in Chris Elliott's 2005 novel The Shroud of the Thwacker, a spoof historical thriller. Elliott mistakenly thought that the Boilerplate site concerned a hoax which dated back to the 19th century and included material from the website in his book, not realising it wasn't in the public domain. After being alerted to the copyright infringement, Elliott and Guinan negotiated a settlement which allowed the character to be used in exchange for a percentage of Elliott's earnings from the book and credit in future editions."

Dazzler 7/30/2010 4:50:42 AM

This guy is doing way too much.  His projects are going to suffer because of it. 

Wiseguy 7/30/2010 6:12:40 AM

Forrest Gump in a tin can, love it. Going by the vague plot concept alone I'd definitely check this out.

JJ is a busy boy but I like the sound of all the stuff he's involved with and with all the time they take to actually produce he'll have enough time to devote whatever time is neccessary I'm sure, not worried at all

Rheul_home 7/30/2010 6:25:32 AM

This could be a lot of fun. There is a big article in Weird Tales current issue about Boilerplate. I was thinking that it could make a pretty cool movie. Wiseguy I think is very accurate in his "Forrest Gump in a tin can" analogy. Looking forward to this.

Deadfox 7/30/2010 1:35:52 PM

I wish I could be JJ Abrams just for a day.  To sit around and talk about robots, aliens, mythology and secret agents all day.  This guy is living my dream. 

krathwardroid 7/30/2010 10:14:51 PM

I know this story. I was browsing steampunk books on Amazon when I came across this. I thought about picking it up then, so now maybe I will this time. The synopsis was intriguing. It's cool that they are turning it into a movie now.

Muenster 7/31/2010 3:48:10 AM

I can think of a nice juicy title that's just screaming for a remake, and I think Abrams has just the right level of talent to write, direct, and produce: "The Perils of Gwendolyn in the land of the Yik Yak"

I double dog dare ya to make this one JJ.

fft5305 8/1/2010 11:48:41 AM

Ok, this just sounds dumb. The first robot fights alongside humans in WWI, when they don't even have robots that can do that now, 100 years later? Yes, I know there are machines that go into combat, etc etc. We're talking movie robots. That means artificial intelligence, humanoid form, all that jazz.



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