Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn Get a Supernatural Reboot

The upcoming film Huck may have more in common with Snow White and the Huntsman than the works of Mark Twain.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Paramount's upcoming Mark Twain motion Huck won't be the first film to bring Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to the big screen. Everyone from Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Brad Renfro to Donny Most and Ron Howard have portrayed the duo on camera in one film or another. But Huck would mark the first time they've ever wound up facing off against the supernatural. Oh right… The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Okay, maybe this isn't such a big deal after all.

Screenwriter Andy Burg has written Huck, which The Hollywood Reporter describes as "a re-imagining in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman, focusing on Sawyer and Finn as adults." They also point out that the script has "supernatural elements," which is vague enough that it could mean they either go to a fortune teller at some point or have to fight off an army of were-hyenas. Burg hasn't had a major motion picture produced in quite a while, but made a bit of a name for himself in the 1990s with the underage adventure flick Alaska, co-starring American Beauty's Thora Birch and "Mad Men's" Vincent Kartheiser, as well as the Jennifer Love-Hewitt teen sex comedy Trojan War, an exhuberant farce about a teenager's misadventures trying to acquire the condoms necessary to fornicate safely with the girl of his dreams.

It's the Snow White and the Huntsman angle that trips us up here. The source material for Rupert Sanders' upcoming fantasy epic at least has witchcraft in it, justifying the trumped up action-fantasy spectacle (at least a little bit). Mark Twain's novels eventually featured Tom Sawyer in a murder mystery – in 1896's Tom Sawyer, Detective – but shied away from ghosts and vampires in favor of more overt depictions of what we now consider classic Americana. Maybe they're going after the hyper-ridiculous, hero-worshipping Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter route instead.

CraveOnline would return with more Huck news, but first we have to figure out some way to paint this fence.