The Hollywood Reporter announced today that ABC has put in a script order for a new television series called “Finn & Sawyer,” which features Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer — Mark Twain’s ne’r-do-well boy heroes — as detectives in a Steampunk version of New Orleans. The show’s creators, Jason Richman and David Zabel, have worked together on Detroit 1-8-7 for the past several years. All we’ve gotten so far is news that the series is in development, which means it’s too soon for any cast to be attached to the project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is described as “as an adventure-themed reinvention that revolves around the two famed literary characters who re-meet as young men in their 20s and form an investigative firm in a bustling and steampunk New Orleans.”
I admit to a cautious optimism about the proposed show based on what little information is currently out there about the show. I’ve also never watched Detroit 1-8-7, so I can’t speak to the quality of Richman and Zabel’s work. But if this becomes a standard police-procedural that only happens to be in a Steampunk world? Well then it’ll probably end up being a disappointment. So I hope that the creative team makes thoughtful use of the potential technologies they can play with.