A new TV drama project could make household names out of a pair of Mark Twain characters who are, well, household names.
Deadline.com reports that “Sawyer & Huck,” a modern spin on Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, has received a put pilot commitment from CBS.
“The project comes from Sony Pictures TV, studio-based ‘Drop Dead Diva’ creator Josh Berman and CBS TV Studios,” Deadline reports. “Penned by ‘The Blacklist’ writers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier and to be directed by Anthony Hemingway (‘Shameless’, ‘Treme’), ‘Sawyer & Huck’ is described as a reimagining of the iconic characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn as adults in modern-day America at a time that harkens back to the racial and class divides that inspired Mark Twain’s books.”
The pilot reportedly revolves around a murder case and finds Sawyer, an attorney, and Finn, a private investigator, joining forces to help bring justice.
The report notes that ABC developed its own Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn update three years ago, with the boys as “20-something investigators in a steampunk New Orleans.”