Scooping up one of the plummiest bits of soggy public domain driftwood to collect down here on the ollll’ Hollywood delta, then fashioning it into a makeshift raft to float down the ollll’ rebootin' river, Paramount has begun developing a “21st-century makeover” for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, because Mark Twain is really, really dead and can’t say shit about it. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes producers Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark have picked up a spec script from newcomer Andy Burg titled Huck And Tom, which The Hollywood Reporter describes as “a re-imagining in the vein of Snow White And The Huntsman”—most likely in the sense that Burg didn’t have to pay anyone a thing to write it, and there will likely be another, competing Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn reboot announced any day now. And while specific details are being kept under wraps, the story does concern the rambunctious youngsters as adults, while THR adds, “There also are supernatural elements to the script.” For example, the ghost of Mark Twain moans every time it’s opened.
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