In July of last year, J.J. Abrams picked up the rights to “Boilerplate,” and now his company Bad Robot — along with Paramount Pictures, which is producing — has hired the necessary writers to take the next step forward.
According to Deadline, Patrick McKay and JD Payne have been tapped for the job. They’re the same writers behind “Goliath,” a movie in the works that’s based on the story of David and Goliath that’s being compared to “300.” In addition to that, they’re working on a movie adaptation of Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior.”
“Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel,” comes from the talents of Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett and is about a robot designed to fight as a soldier. He was created in the late 1800s and fought alongside Lawrence of Arabia and Teddy Roosevelt, and also got to know famous people like author Mark Twain. You could almost think of it as a history lesson . . . with a big fighting robot. In fact, there are some examples of Boiler being photoshopped so well into photographs that some people believed him to be real!
The graphic novel came out in 2009, followed a year later by the rights being bought, and now another year has passed with the writers being hired. Since it’s still early in the game, there’s no word yet on when the movie might be released in theaters.
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