Iconic Twain Characters Huck and Tom Eyed for New Series

by | August 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM | TV News

The famed Huckleberry Finn/Tom Sawyer statue in Hannibal, Mo. -- hometown of Mark Twain (inset) (Photos: Getty Images)

With new Sherlock Holmeses sprouting up all over the place on TV these days, it’s inevitable that two more of literature’s most iconic characters should be eyed for a TV update.

They’re Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, those all-American boys from 19th century Missouri, created by Mark Twain and re-created countless times in movies and TV shows.

In their latest, prospective incarnations, Huck and Tom will be grown up and in their early 20s — partners in a detective agency in 19th-century New Orleans. That’s according to this story on the Deadline.com Web site.

It’s one of those ideas that seems so nascent in its current state that there’s no telling if it will ever see the light of day. But Huck and Tom are so popular and so historic that we feel this project is worth reporting anyway.

The Deadline story says the idea is under consideration by ABC, which has a development deal with these producers, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, producers from the “Twilight” movies who also work on “Revenge” for ABC.

Watch a great family movie — “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from 1985 — here:

The Deadline story even said these two are working on an update of “The Count of Monte Cristo” with a female lead.

When we read about this Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer idea, we couldn’t help thinking about Sherlock Holmes, another literary creation from the 19th century that has had a long life in films and TV. Even now, there’s a Holmes series from England airing on PBS — “Sherlock” — and next month, CBS will debut “Elementary,” about a Sherlock Holmes in modern-day New York.

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