Two of the most memorable characters in all of literature are Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. After all, who hasn’t read at least one of they’re books when they were back in school? Or, at the very least, spark-noted them. There was even that Disney movie with Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Brad Renfro, “Tom and Huck’, from 1995. Regardless of how you know the story, you know the characters. But I’ve never heard a version where these two young rascals encounter “supernatural elements”.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has picked up a spec script called ‘Huck’ from writer Andy Burg and producers Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, and Matt Lopez. Chernin and Clark are the producers behind the ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, while Lopez is a screenwriter who penned ‘Bedtime Stories’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’.
The project, which is being kept closely under wraps, is described as “a re-imagining in the vein of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, focusing on Sawyer and Finn as adults”, where the duo encounter “supernatural elements”.
‘Huntsman’ is based in fairytales, so that adaptation is a bit more forgivable than inserting a whole different genre into the classic work of Mark Twain. However, with the popularity of such books as ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ and ‘Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter’, Andy Burg might be on to something. As long as he steers clear of the ‘Van Helsing” starring Hugh Jackman route and takes the Seth Grahame-Smith mashup route, it could be a good movie. Or it could stay in developmental hell forever due to how obscure this is. Only time will tell.