How's this for a story pitch?
"Boilerplate purports to tell the story of the world's first robot, who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing on the battlefields of World War I."
Great movie concept or greatest movie concept? When reduced to a single sentence synopsis, this sounds like the coolest movie ever.
Either way, Heat Vision is reporting that JJ Abrams' Bad Robot production company has picked up the rights to Boilerplate, which I've never heard of until right now, but it seems to be sort of a graphic novel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett that found release last year. I say "sort of" because the book's style is half "history" text and half art/doctored photographs depicting the journey of a Victorian-era warrior robot.