In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.
Before the author’s note in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn comes the following statement: “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.”
Over the past 160-odd years, the entertainment industry has consistently ignored this mock-warning. Almost 20 adaptations and variations of Twain’s Finn currently exist—from silent movies, to two Japanese anime television series, a musical, and an all-female version starring an 11-year-old Drew Barrymore as “Com” Sawyer. Indeed, some of our favorite Huck Finns to date include Mickey Rooney (1939), Ron Howard (1975), Anthony Michael Hall (1982), and Elijah Wood (1993).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the next Huckleberry Finn revival will come in the form of Finn & Sawyer, a new series in the works from ABC in which Huck and Finn will be 20-something private investigators in a “steampunk” New Orleans. We fine-combed the Internet for young men fit to play the earnest Huck, his mischievous and romantic friend, Tom Sawyer, and, of course, a grown-up Becky Thatcher. As working with a non-HBO television budget in mind is not particularly exciting, we’ve decided to cast money worries to the wind.
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