According to media reports, Paramount has moved in on the steampunk graphic novel ‘Boilerplate’, with Lost’s J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot unit in the pilot’s chair. Boilerplate was covered ages back by SFcrowsnest.com as a hot property, and features the Victorian/Edwardian adventures of the first sentient steam-driven robot as he travels across the world Young Indiana Jones-style, fighting in various wars, until he mysteriously vanished – presumed dead – in World War One.
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett were the graphic novel’s creators, and they cashed in early on the steampunk craze by moving their online web concept into physical form, kind of a hardcover photoshoped robot travel montage thing. It was really a high-concept collectable without serious mass-market distribution.
I saw it once in London’s Forbidden Planet as a hardback coffee-table book, far too much money for a humble author like myself to afford, but boy, was it gorgeous (and did I want to get it, until the wife had words).
Looking forward to seeing what J.J. Abrams does with this one.