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August 19, 2012

The STEAMPUNK Adventures of Finn & Sawyer


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! 

12 comments:

  1. Fantastic news! I had heard about the Gail Carriger show possibility, but not about this. I'd be a fan! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. ABC is really good in making wholesome shows, this has a lot of promise, I hope they deliver.

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  2. Oh WOW...nice scoop girls!! I'd watch this! What a great way to use Huck Finn and Steampunk! There is just a massive hole on tv for something like this just waiting to be filled. Imagine the costumes, sounds a crazy good idea!!

    Mich:D

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    1. I am really curious on how they're going to pull it off. Every time I hear the names Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer, I always associate it with steamboats or a raft, automatons/clockwork devices, no.

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  3. yay something cool to look forward to :D

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  4. Oh lordy. I wasn't big on Huck Fin when I read it in high school. IDK, maybe it was my high school outlook on life that I didn't need to read books that I was forced to read. Lol. Though, my English teacher made the classics easier to bare with his teaching style, I just couldn't get into most of the books. Seriously when we read The Scarlet Letter he asked "Does anyone want to read the part of the whore" lol. smh. But, maybe I'll give this show a shot? and that's a BIG MAYBE at that. *shrugs* thanks for the news though ladies :)

    Ana♥

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    1. Ugh! Me too! To me it was the Twain's voice, I had a hard time staying interested and I always see Huck like the hobbits LOL. However, I found it easier to watch adaptations of literary classics more entertaining than reading the book it's based from. Fingers crossed they pull this one off.

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  5. Oh I love steampunk! Gail Carriger is one of my favorite's in the genre along with God Save the Queen. I can only hope that Steampunk catches on more and more. I agree that we are bombarded by vampires and werewolves. :o) Great Post

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    1. Thanks Amanda! We do need something else to watch aside from the usual otherworldly creatures and those brain draining reality shows.

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  6. I hadn't heard of this until now, but I'm SO excited!!! I'm a big fan of steampunk and have always loved Mark Twain.

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    1. Then this show is perfect for you! Thanks for stopping by.

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