FINALLY someone is developing a
Steampunk TV series!
Whoever is the genius behind this idea (Jason Richman and David Zabel of hit TV show ER), I want to give you thanks! In case you haven't heard, ABC is developing, rebooting, updating a beloved classic penned by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Finn & Sawyer follows the steampunk adventures of 20-something Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as they set up an investigative firm in the bustling city of New Orleans. I hope this doesn't fall through because it's high time that we see this genre in the small screen, the steampunk flavor in the latest Sherlock Holmes movies were big hits so I'm pretty sure this series will be warmly welcomed by viewers.
Furthermore, I also hope that Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate deal sees the light of day! I surmise that developing a steampunk series can be costly but I'm sure the return will be more than enough to cover production costs. I think the viewing public is more than ready for a fresh genre to balance from the sexed up TV shows flooding the small screen lately, don't you think?
Website steampunk.com supports this news and breaks down why this is definitely going to work further adding that Mark Twain will definitely approve this endeavor:
- Steam engines pervaded his early life. He grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, a railroad town, and at 21 he became a cub steamboat pilot.
- He was a lover of technology, being awarded several patents himself and investing (and lost) the bulk of his wealth in an early typesetting machine called the Paige compositor.
- He was a good friend of Steampunk favorite Nikola Tesla.
- His novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court dealt with anachronistic technology, albeit technology from his day in medieval times.
- He had a lifelong interest in parapsychology, a common theme in Steampunk fiction.
- As io9 points out, Twain’s novel Tom Sawyer Abroad was a riff on Verne with many of the common Steampunk tropes, such as mad scientists and airships.
So I say, we've had enough vampires and werewolves, bring in the automatons!