Band of Robbers trailer

It’s been well over a century since Mark Twain first released Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn into the world of American literature, but their youthful spirit rages on in the first trailer for Band of Robbers. Written and directed by Adam and Aaron Nee, the indie film reimagines the classic all-American rascals as grown-up men in the modern day.

Huck (Kyle Gallner), fresh out of prison, is trying to go straight, but Tom (Adam Nee), now a crooked cop, drags him into a plot to find the treasure that eluded them in childhood. Other classic characters like Injun Joe (Stephen Lang) and Becky Thatcher (Supergirl‘s Melissa Benoist) also appear. Watch the Band of Robbers trailer after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: Given the sort of scripts studios have been buying recently, I can’t really fault a screenwriter for figuring that the couple months it takes to write a spec script “updating” classic characters and adding unrelated wild elements might be time well spent. Because while crazy stuff has been selling, from our perspective what are the chances that a studio is really going to buy Huck and Tom, a script in which Mark Twain‘s characters Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are adults in a “re-imagining of the classic duo in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman,” with “supernatural elements.”?

Oh. Crap. Paramount bought it. Andrew Burg wrote the script — and I haven’t read it, maybe it is quite good — and Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) are producing it with Matt Lopez (story and co-writer on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). This is just getting going, and it seems like one of those projects that could easily languish in development for a long time, if not forever. And it’s not like there has never been a bad version of these characters brought to the screen. But supernatural additions? Really? Jeez. [THR]