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Paramount to Revive Tom Sawyer and ‘Huck’ Finn

The original bad boys are coming back; Paramount has optioned the rights to Huck, a new take on the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. With only a spec script thus far, the studio is keeping story details closely guarded, though the project is said to be a re-imagining along the lines of what we see so far in June's Snow White and the Huntsman.

Andy Burg will be responsible for the updated version of Mark Twain’s iconic pair of all-American boys, and Paramount’s eagerness should be fine encouragement for Burg, who hasn’t had a script hit theatres since 1997. Perhaps more noteworthy names are producers Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark, as they brought the surprise smash Rise of the Planet of the Apes to theaters (and massive financial success) last summer.  

What plot details do exist suggest this one might be catering to the young-adult crowd instead of English teachers in desperate need of curriculum filler. TheHollywoodReporter claims that the film will be a historical action drama set when Tom and Huck have hit their no doubt hunky late 20’s. Other sources are suggesting that the film will have supernatural elements as well. If it’s a crossover with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, all it would take is one mention of Walt Whitman to push us passed the Americana event horizon.  


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