ABC eyes Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn

Temple Hill, the production company behind last fall’s soapy, addictive, modern-day Count of Monte Cristo retelling (which we all know as Revenge) has set their prime-time sights on a new literary classic, and this time it’s none other than Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Hailing from the minds of Jason Richman and David Zabel (Detroit 1-8-7), the show – which has a working title of Finn & Sawyer – is being described as a mystery adventure that follows Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, now young (and inevitably, good-looking) men in their 20’s, who meet again in a slightly steampunky 1920’s New Orleans and team up to form an investigative firm.

Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this one – the procedural element, well, that was all but inevitable, and the steampunky garnish is certainly trendy enough, but frankly I’m a bit dubious as to how true to Twain this project can possibly be. Revenge, for all its modernization and soapy flair, has stayed very, very true to the soul of Dumas’ story – and  I think that’s a big part of why the show works as well as it does – but this one, well, I guess I just don’t see how exactly it can carry on the spirit of the original. But on the bright side, all four producers – Richman and Zabel, and Temple Hill’s Godrey and Bowen – are big fans of Twain and the original characters, so who knows, maybe they will be able to pull it off. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…