Director J.J. Abrams is going steampunk! The filmmaker is indeed planning a movie adaptation of the graphic novel "Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel" by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett. The novel featured a late 19th century Victorian era robot interacting with a number of historical figures like Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa in convincingly photoshopped pictures that led some visitors to believe that Boilerplate was a real robot. There's no official release date yet for Boilerplate, but the film is listed by IMDb for a release in 2013.
Here's the trailer of of the graphic novel:
"Boilerplate is the world's first robot, being a mechanical man built in the Victorian age of the late 19th century. The robot survives a number of great adventures across the globe, including fighting alongside the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Laurence of Arabia, and Pancho Villa, besides undertaking a monumental and grueling expedition across the Antarctic and then serving time amongst the rank and file of World War I."
Stay tuned with us for more details about the movie Boilerplate!