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The classic character reinvention craze strikes the story of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer

03.22.2012

Huck and TomSeems like today is Bring A New Take To A Classic Novel Day, first with 1984 and now with the wild adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  Paramount is the studio that has set up the project, buying a spec script from one Andy Burg called HUCK that focuses on Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn as adults while simultaneously introducing "supernatural elements to the script."  In fact, the new project is pecifically being described as "in the vein of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.

HUCK is being shepherded by Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark, producers behind RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and Tom Cruise's upcoming movie OBLIVION.  Matt Lopez, screenwriter on THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE and RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, will produce along side them.

So what do you think? Is Mark Twain turning in his grave? The friendship and adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn extend through four books in total, and there's no word if this is a wholly original story or some adapted amalgamation of the different books.  For some reason I'm having visions of a Hardy Boys/Scooby Doo kind of movie...

Extra Tidbit: In the inimitable words of Mark Twain: "WTF is this shit?"

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3:47PM on 03/22/2012
If they can turn Snow White into Lord of the Rings, and Abe Lincoln into a vampire hunter, I guess I don't see why they can't make Tom and Huck into the guys from "Supernatural". They gonna get Shane West to reprise his role?
If they can turn Snow White into Lord of the Rings, and Abe Lincoln into a vampire hunter, I guess I don't see why they can't make Tom and Huck into the guys from "Supernatural". They gonna get Shane West to reprise his role?
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2:56PM on 03/22/2012
Samuel Clemens is rolling in his grave right now. Seriously though, this is just an insult to our cultural roots.
Samuel Clemens is rolling in his grave right now. Seriously though, this is just an insult to our cultural roots.
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1:54PM on 03/22/2012
this is really sad... I mean this isn't fanboy material, this is far worse than changing an origin story of a superhero... I mean this was a staple of American culture... & I guess just like the constitution, shit's just getting thrown out the window.
this is really sad... I mean this isn't fanboy material, this is far worse than changing an origin story of a superhero... I mean this was a staple of American culture... & I guess just like the constitution, shit's just getting thrown out the window.
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12:20PM on 03/22/2012
Oh fuck, man, you know what would be rad? If they were reimagined as ALIENS.
Oh fuck, man, you know what would be rad? If they were reimagined as ALIENS.
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11:33AM on 03/22/2012

maybe a comedy

Twain was actually described to be a humorous and funny fella (damn near an early rendition of a stand-up comedian). Maybe if they made this into a comedy, then it wouldn't be that bad, but if they try to go with a "vein of Snow White and the Huntsman" then yes, Twain is turning in his grave.
Twain was actually described to be a humorous and funny fella (damn near an early rendition of a stand-up comedian). Maybe if they made this into a comedy, then it wouldn't be that bad, but if they try to go with a "vein of Snow White and the Huntsman" then yes, Twain is turning in his grave.
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10:54AM on 03/22/2012
Make them into Surfer Buddies and let some CW teens to play them, hahaha.
Make them into Surfer Buddies and let some CW teens to play them, hahaha.
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10:27AM on 03/22/2012

Hollywood = Milktoast

It would be so much more clever to come up with a NEW duo that would barely skim the surface of a couple of the iconic moments of the original, and have the viewing public fill in the holes making speculations about whether or not this was supposed to be Tom and Huck,. Maybe even give one of them the nickname Huck, have him painting a white picket fence in a scene, involve a black man as the wise sage of sorts... but dont steal/ruin the original. I know its an easy sell to those with the coin.
It would be so much more clever to come up with a NEW duo that would barely skim the surface of a couple of the iconic moments of the original, and have the viewing public fill in the holes making speculations about whether or not this was supposed to be Tom and Huck,. Maybe even give one of them the nickname Huck, have him painting a white picket fence in a scene, involve a black man as the wise sage of sorts... but dont steal/ruin the original. I know its an easy sell to those with the coin. Maybe spend a little time trying to figure out how to sell it... and SELL it. Leave this old classic alone. You suck hollywood.
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9:55AM on 03/22/2012
Fuck. This. Shit.

I for one vote that we bite the bullet go back to the days when every film was about zombies or vampires. It's much less painful then watching them bastardize all my favorite books.
Fuck. This. Shit.

I for one vote that we bite the bullet go back to the days when every film was about zombies or vampires. It's much less painful then watching them bastardize all my favorite books.
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9:53AM on 03/22/2012
Not going to top Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in terms of ridiculousness. Sorry.
Not going to top Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in terms of ridiculousness. Sorry.
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9:41AM on 03/22/2012
GODS do I hope this is a wholly separate project from the one starring Joel Courtney (Super 8)...if not, then I'm very conflicted about this movie.
GODS do I hope this is a wholly separate project from the one starring Joel Courtney (Super 8)...if not, then I'm very conflicted about this movie.
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9:52AM on 03/22/2012
So far as I know, it is - that one is called TOM SAWYER & HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and may already be in post production. Also, HUCK seems more intent on focusing on Tom and Huck as adults, which Joel Courtney isn't really ready to play just yet...
So far as I know, it is - that one is called TOM SAWYER & HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and may already be in post production. Also, HUCK seems more intent on focusing on Tom and Huck as adults, which Joel Courtney isn't really ready to play just yet...
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8:24AM on 03/22/2012

Exactly "in the vein of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN"

There is a simultaneous project called "Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn" starring Joel Courtney (Super 8).

Gees, Hollywood. Next time, take a look around.
There is a simultaneous project called "Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn" starring Joel Courtney (Super 8).

Gees, Hollywood. Next time, take a look around.
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8:22AM on 03/22/2012
WTF?!?!?!?!?!
i grew up watching tom saywer, so to me, this is blasphemy!!
i mean, where is this need for everything to be supernatural coming from????
just let some things remain pure you dumb idiots!
i hope this project dies hard, and if possible with a vengeance, on those that thought of doing it.

regarding the tidbit, my thoughts exactly.
WTF?!?!?!?!?!
i grew up watching tom saywer, so to me, this is blasphemy!!
i mean, where is this need for everything to be supernatural coming from????
just let some things remain pure you dumb idiots!
i hope this project dies hard, and if possible with a vengeance, on those that thought of doing it.

regarding the tidbit, my thoughts exactly.
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