Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Now Supernatural Adventures of Adult Huck (and Tom)

March 22, 2012

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About time Tom and Huck fashioned their raft with sharp points and plowed it into a Mississippi vampire colony. Right?

After searching through either the royalty-free public domain or a dumpster behind a public school, Paramount has deciding on giving The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn "a 21st century makeover." The studio has purchased a spec script from Andy Burg called Huck that tells a story of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer as adults, thus allowing Paramount to briefly pretend they can get Robert Downey Jr. and/or Johnny Depp in a part.

Outside the whole adulthood thing, there's reportedly one other big change to the source material: with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies driving an axe through the maidenhead that separated classic literature from arbitrary paranormal action, now Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer will be encountering some undisclosed "supernatural elements." Why not? If you're going to take out the racial slurs, might as well replace them with mentions of werewolves. If a story already involves digging up a coffin, why not toss a Dracula in there with the buried money? If the book is already a regional satire of the South, why not make the movie a similarly trenchant sendup of Hollywood? Or do not make it at all self-aware, and just have Tom train a zombie to whitewash a fence, then shoot the zombie's head off with a shotgun. "Oops. Turns out they wanted it painted RED." That will probably be cooler for the trailer.

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