‘Twilight’ And ABC’s ‘Revenge’ Producers Are Making A Tom Sawyer And Huck Finn TV Series


If any of you are lurving ABC’s Revenge series (shouts-out to PITNBr Liz!), you may be excited to hear that the guys and gals who brought you that project have something else in the works. The Twilight franchise production company (Temple Hill Entertainment) linked up with ABC to create Revenge and now they’re working on a series based on the beloved Mark Twain characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I don’t know about you (or my former Literature professors) but I’m very interested in this idea. Deets inside!
Deadline Hollywood has the story:

Now, as the Twilight producer just renewed its deal at ABC Studios, the company’s first project under the new pact is another drama for ABC that reinvents classic public domain literary characters and will be penned by veteran TV writer-producers. The characters are Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and the writers Jason Richman and David Zabel. The project, which is looking to replicate the success of Revenge, is a mystery adventure that follows the exploits of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, as young men in their 20′s as they form an investigative firm in a bustling, steampunk New Orleans. Richman and Zabel will write the project, which has received a script commitment, and will executive produce with Bowen and Godfrey. I hear Bowen and Godfrey have long been fans of Twain’s characters and had been looking to work with ABC Studios-based Richman and Zabel. The project came out of the quartet’s shared interest in classical literature.

This is the second project this development season that features grown-up versions of iconic kids literary characters. 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TVare working on The League Of Pan, a re-imagining of the Peter Pan mythology that is set in modern day, centers around the Lost Boys and takes place 10 years after they’ve left Neverland.

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I absolutely love the way this Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn plot sounds (a mystery adventure in New Orleans, yes please), and I really hope they can pull it off. If these writers and producers truly love the classic Mark Twain books, then that’s– at the very least– a good start. Now, I had no idea that Revenge was kind of a contemporary twist on The Count of Monte Cristo from a female perspective; so I have some serious catching up to do!

Who else is watching Revenge? Should we be excited about this new project? And who in the heck could play Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn? Personally, I’d like to see my boy Graham Phillips in either role… and not just because he’s hot. That kid’s got talent!


  • Keely

    I can… understand the mystery part, and I can understand the steampunk part. Those are both really big right now.
    But I really wish they would leave Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn out of this.

    • Shannon

      Keely, LMAO. Did you comment on Deadline Hollywood? Someone wrote the SAME thing (great idea– leave Tom and Huck out of it though), lol. You’re in good company, and I totally hear you.

  • Lulu

    LOVE Revenge.. This sounds fine by me.

    I’m totally team JTT as the choice for this one. Are you with me girls?! Heeeee!!! ;)

    • Lulu

      In one comment I’m both dating, and dorking myself. Awesome.