J.J. Abrams goes steampunk for movie about world's 1st robot

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Now we know the real reason J.J. Abrams named his production company Bad Robot. It's so that when he eventually reached out to pick up the rights to Boilerplate, the story of a Victorian Age mechanical man who fought alongside Pancho Villa and Teddy Roosevelt before vanishing at the end of World War I, we could all make endless GOOD robot jokes. But don't worry. We'll try not to make too many.

Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel is a heavily illustrated picture book created by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett that tells the tale of the robot of the same name by inserting it into historical documents, such as the photo of a meeting with Pancho Villa above.

Guinan first introduced the concept on his website more than a decade ago and eventually published a book about the character last year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount picked up the rights for an adaptation to be produced by Abrams. It's way too early to know whether Abrams will have a hand in writing or directing ... but we can hope.

For more about the character of Boilerplate, check out the following promotional video for the book.

So how do you think Boilerplate will translate to the big screen?