Mark Twain‘s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are memorable, entertaining characters, but they also provided sharp-witted and sly social critiques on the American character, particularly with regards to the Gilded Age. But who wants that when you can make the characters adults and throw in “supernatural elements”? According to Heat Vision, that’s how Paramount and producers Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Matt Lopez want to treat Twain’s literary creations. Andy Burg‘s script, Huck and Tom, is being kept under wraps (maybe the fence has to be whitewashed with DEMON BLOOD?!?!), “but the project is described as a re-imagining in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman.”
That’s a strange comparison. I like the look of Huntsman, but it still has a fairy-tale vibe to it. Snow White is still a young woman, and the evil queen is still a queen. If Tom and Huck are now adults and they’re in a story with supernatural elements, how far does that remove them from Twain’s very specific setting? At what point do they stop bearing any resemblance to the original characters?