J.J. Abrams has his hand in so many projects we can't imagine him taking on any more -- but he has. What with 'Mission Impossible IV,' a 'Cloverfield' sequel, a 'Star Trek' sequel, 'The Invisible Woman,' 'Micronauts,' and untitled earthquake and diamond heist projects, you'd think he was a producing-directing machine. Now he's added 'Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel,' a graphic novel-picture book hybrid by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, the creators of the comic book series 'Heartbreakers,' that has been picked up by Paramount for an adaptation to be produced by Abrams and his Bad Robot company. According to HeatVision, the novel "purports to tell the story of the world's first robot, who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing on the battlefields of World War I." Clank on. J.J. Abrams has his hand in so many projects we can't imagine him taking on any more -- but he has. What with 'Mission Impossible IV,' a 'Cloverfield' sequel, a 'Star Trek' sequel, 'The Invisible Woman,' 'Micronauts,' and untitled earthquake and diamond heist projects, you'd think he was a producing-directing machine. Now he's added 'Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel,' a graphic novel-picture book hybrid by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, the creators of the comic book series 'Heartbreakers,' that has been picked up by Paramount for an adaptation to be produced by Abrams and his Bad Robot company. According to HeatVision, the novel "purports to tell the story of the world's first robot, who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing on the battlefields of World War I." Clank on.

Columbia's remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film 'Total Recall' now has a director: Len Wiseman (the 'Underworld' franchise) is in negotiations to come on board the project, according to a report in Variety. Kurt Wimmer, who wrote the recent 'Salt,' is undertaking the screenplay, which is being described as a contemporized adaptation of the film, which was based on Philip K. Dick's, 'We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.' The original was directed by Paul Verhoeven.

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Vince Vaughn and director David O. Russell ('Three Kings') may be teaming on 'Old St. Louis,' a script written by Russell about a traveling salesman who has been an absentee father, and how his life changes when his daughter becomes part of his life. Vaughn would play the salesman.

Tyler Perry and Lionsgate are teaming again for another comedy, 'We The Peeples,' about a young man enduring the weekend from hell when he surprises his girlfriend by showing up to meet her parents during the family's annual end of summer celebration. According to Variety, the film is set to start shooting in September. Lionsgate has distributed all nine of Perry's films, and has set dates for his next two: an adaptation of 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf' on Jan. 14, and 'Madea's Big Happy Family' on April 22. 'We The Peeples' will make an even dozen for the happy union.

RadarOnline.com has confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio has withdrawn from a Mel Gibson-directed flick about vikings in the wake of Gibson's domestic abuse scandal. According to the report, a source close to DiCaprio said "Not a chance" when asked if he was still planning to star in Gibson's next project. The as-yet untitled vikings project is being produced by Graham King and Gibsons's Icon Productions.

Jordana Spiro has joined the cast of the Joel Schumacher-directed 'Trespass,' a thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film revolves around a married couple taken hostage by a group of thieves led by Cage's character. Spiro will play the head thief's girlfriend. Spiro currently stars in the series 'My Boys,' and has appeared in 'The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard' and 'Alone With Her.' Production on 'Trespass' begins in Louisiana next month.

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