Writer Paul Guinan and artist Anina Bennett’s graphic novel ‘Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel’ was just released on October 1st but it’s already been optioned by Paramount and J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot Productions. Paramount has already lined up the writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay to pen a script for the film adaptation. Both Payne and McKay are newcomers to the film scene with the only feature under their belt being ‘Goliath’, a telling of the biblical story that is set to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’) and Taylor Lautner (‘Twilight’).

The ‘Boilerplate’ graphic novel tells the tale of a mechanical man, the titular Boilerplate, who is created in 1893, and the adventures he has throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. He meets many famous people including Harry Houdini, Teddy Roosevelt, and Mark Twain. It seems like a sort of robot version of Forrest Gump. The book is told through a series of Photoshop pieces and retro art (as can be seen by the image above which is from the book).

Below is a trailer for the graphic novel that hints at an epic steampunk tale of alternate history.

Interested? Then check out the official ‘Boilerplate’ homepage.

‘Boilerplate’ is tentatively scheduled for release in 2013. It will be directed by Scott Derrickson (‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’).