Paramount’s snapped up feature to Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett’s “Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel” and set it up with Paramount-based J.J. Abrams at his Bad Robot shingle.
The grahpic novel follows a robot designed in 1893 as a prototype for the stated purpose of “preventing the deaths of men in the conflicts of nations” — leading to Boilerplate and his creator fighting combat alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, trekking to the South Pole and meeting with Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla.
Guinan and Bennett have been collaborating on comics and graphic novels since 1989, including the science-fiction series “Heartbreakers.”
Abrams’ next gig is directing “Super 8” for Paramount, which he’s producing with Steven Spielberg.
“Super 8,” written by Abrams and based on his original idea, is skedded for a summer 2011 release; Abrams will follow “Super 8” with the “Star Trek” sequel, which hits theaters in 2012.