July 29, 2010
According to reports, producer/director J.J. Abrams has purchased
screen rights to the novel "Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel".
The 170-page book, including 350 illustrations/photos, written by authors Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett follow the adventures of a fictitious
'combat robot', designed during the Victorian Age as a 'protype soldier', that meets up with notable historical figures over a
100-year time line.
In the book, the character was built by 'Professor Archibald
Campion', who unveiled his creation at the 1893 'World's Columbian Exposition' in Chicago.
Designed for the self-proclaimed purpose of “preventing the
deaths of men in the conflicts of nations,” Boilerplate charges into combat during the Spanish-American War and the Boxer Rebellion.
Campion and his robot also circle the planet
with the US Navy, make silent movies and shmooze with the likes of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla.
Boilerplate is also active in the First World War, but disappears during the relief of 'Major Whittlesey's Lost Battalion' and possibly
captured by the Germans for study.
Bolstering this theory is the fact that in the twenty years between
the two world wars, German technology encompasses guided rockets, experimental jets and sophisticated tanks.