Paramount Pictures have bought the rights to a graphic novel series, Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, originally written by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennet.

Boilerplate details the creation of the world’s first robot, built in the late nineteenth century. JJ Abrams has been tapped to produce a feature film adaptation through his Bad Robot company. You can’t make these things up.

The synopsis for the graphic novel is embedded below:

Meet Boilerplate, the world’s first robot soldier—not in a present-day military lab or a science-fiction movie, but in the past, during one of the most fascinating periods of U.S. history. Designed by Professor Archibald Campion in 1893 as a prototype, for the self-proclaimed purpose of “preventing the deaths of men in the conflicts of nations,” Boilerplate charged into combat alongside such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia. Campion and his robot also circled the planet with the U.S. Navy, trekked to the South Pole, made silent movies, and hobnobbed with the likes of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla.

You say you’ve never heard of Boilerplate before? That’s because this book is the fanciful creation of a husbandand-wife team who have richly imagined these characters and inserted them into accurate retellings of history. This full-color chronicle is profusely illustrated with graphics mimicking period style, including photos, paintings, posters, cartoons, maps, and even stereoscope cards. Part Jules Verne and part Zelig, it’s a great volume for a broad range of fans of science fiction, history, and robots.

Apart from that, details are thin on the ground. However, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as the film enters production.

THR reported this one.