ComicCon always tends to bring out announcements of Hollywood adaptions of graphic novels, and I’ve already told you about the plans for the Cowboys and Aliens adaption.
There’s another Steampunk quasi-graphic novel adaption on the horizon, this one from markedly better source material (in my opinion) than Cowboys and Aliens.
Boilerplate is a fictional robot created by author Paul Guinan as a pitch for a graphic novel series. The website for the pitch featured many “archival” photos of the robot with many of history’s influential people. The photos were apparently so good that Guinan suspects a third of his website’s visitors thought Boilerplate was real.
Here’s a trailer for the book, which gives you a brief understanding of Boilerplate’s activities:
So now there’s a Boilerplate movie in the works. It’s going to be directed by J.J. Abrams under his Bad Robot label. This is one film I’ll be very interested in as both a Steampunk and a historian.
You can check out Boilerplate’s website by clicking here. You can also purchase the book, Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, by clicking on the cover below:
And for all you fans of Boilerplate, you’ll be happy to know that Paul Guinan is listed as one of this year’s Participants at SteamCon II. I’m hoping to get my copy of Boilerplate autographed when I meet him there!