Huck Finn Gone Steampunk?

August 20, 2012 | By | Comments (4)
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Photo by Matthew Brady, 1871

Modern day Huck Finn set in New Orleans with a Victorian edge? It might come to be, with ABC developing a new series based on “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” — with a steampunk* twist.

The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story, says Finn & Sawyer will be:

“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.”

*Cheat sheet: steampunk is a lot of things, including a literary sub genre of science fiction and fantasy that blends Victorian-era steam-engine aesthetic with a modern one. It originated in the 1980s, but has seen a resurgence in the fashion and pop culture world (see: corsets, pocket watches and gears and gadgets showing up everywhere — even in a Justin Bieber video).

Which brings us back to Huck Finn. We’re eager to see what becomes of the new interpretation of the Southern classic. Perhaps it’s not too far to cast Twain’s tale in this light. After all, Huck is a questioner of authority. Plus Twain is often credited as being a major influence on the steampunk genre. (In fact, earlier this year the Mark Twain House and Museum hosted an exhibit of steampunk art.)

The jury’s out. But if it gets another generation interested in Twain? Steampunk it is.

What do you think about this re-imagining of Huck Finn? 


  1. Brian McSorley

    I think this is a great idea. It could introduce a whole new audience to Mark Twains classic work. Who knows, they might even start reading the books 🙂

    November 9, 2012 at 5:35 am
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  4. Janet Eubanks

    Works for me. Sounds quirky and interesting.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:11 am

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