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What Do You Think About Turning Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer Into SteamPunks?

What Do You Think About Turning Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer Into SteamPunks?

By Vadim Newquist

BN.com

After well over a century, Mark Twain's most well known and enduring characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, are finally getting a makeover. Yes, ABC recently announced that the beloved twosome will be re-vamped for the upcoming series Finn & Sawyer, turning the two into budding detectives and transplanting them from the pastoral banks of the Mississippi River to a bustling, steam-punk version of turn of the century New Orleans.

Not sure what "steam-punk" is? It's a sub-genre of fantasy that re-imagines eras of history as worlds in which steam power is still widely used, often with lots of gritty, sci-fi elements thrown in, like the recent Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes.

In their whopping one hundred and twenty eight years of existence, Finn & Sawyer have been adapted to countless films, comics, television series and more, but this is certainly one of the most drastic change ups ever for these classic characters. The starkness of the steam-punk genre just might be the perfect match for the two to make Twain's timeless coming of age themes palatable to the internet generation.

On the other hand, this is a pretty big shakeup. Just how much of the heart of these classic novels will be there, considering we're following an older version of the characters? Turning the duo into detectives is an intriguing idea; we just hope the awesome sense of mischief captured in Twain's novels is maintained here. If the producers manage to stay true to the source material in that respect, we bet Finn & Sawyer might be one of best upcoming shows to hit the small screen in 2013!

Tags: huckleberry finn, steampunk, books-and-comics, tom sawyer, abc

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About the Author
Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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