Producer J.J. Abrams has hired writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay to adapt Boilerplate for Bad Robot Productions. We first reported on this project last June, when J.J. Abrams acquired the graphic novel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett.

The story centers on a fictional version of the world's first robot, which was built in the early 19th Century to replace men on the battlefield. The robot is shown fighting alongside Teddy Roosevelt and it even worked in the silent film industry in the early 20th century. Our initial report revealed the character was created after Paul Guinan pitched the idea on a website, and people actually started to believe this tale was real.

J.J. Abrams will produce Boilerplate for Bad Robot, alongside Outlaw Productions' Deborah Jelin Newmyer. No production schedule was released for Boilerplate.

JD Payne and Patrick McKay are currently writing Deadliest Warrior, a movie adaptation of the popular Spike TV series of the same name.