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ABC Developing Steampunk Detectives ‘Finn & Sawyer’…What?

ABC Finn and Sawyer
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Understandably, it’s late on a Friday afternoon, and we’ve all more or less checked out for the weekend, but some things sound too strange to ignore.  Amidst the flurry of pilots and scripts being developed for TV this year, the latest news from ABC has certainly caught our eye.  It seems Mark Twain’s classic novel ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ is headed once more to the small screen, but this time as a…steampunk…detective…drama?  Say what?

Strange though the news may sound, The Hollywood Reporter claims that ABC is looking to develop ‘Finn & Sawyer,’ a rather unique contemporary adaptation of the classic characters from Mark Twain’s 1884 novel ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.’

Created by ‘Detroit 1-8-7′ duo Jason Richman and David Zabel, ‘Finn & Sawyer’ would see the classic literary characters reuniting as young men in their 20s, and forming an investigative firm in a “bustling and steampunk New Orleans.”  Seriously…what?

Richman and Zabel, who previously worked on NBC medical drama ‘ER,’ will write and executive produce the project from ABC Studios and Temple Hill Entertainment.  This would technically mark the third time ABC has brought the characters to life on the small screen, played by ‘Happy Days’ stars Ron Howard and Donny Most in a 1975 TV movie, and again with Drew Barrymore in 1985.

What say you?  Cool as a steampunk ‘Finn & Sawyer’ might sound, do you think the project will move forward at all?  What contemporary twists would you add?  Give us your input in the comments below!

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