Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to TV: ABC developing series based on classic Mark Twain characters

tom-and-huck-jonathan-taylor-thomas.jpgWith "Sherlock" and "Elementary" bringing Sherlock Holmes back to TV and both The CW and ABC developing "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" updates, it was only a matter of time before Mark Twain's public domain work was plundered for television.

First up? The adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are the foundation of "Finn & Sawyer," in which the kids meet again as twenty-somethings in steampunk New Orleans.

Naturally, they decide to investigate crime together.

THR was the first to report that ABC is developing the project.Jason Richman and David Zabel, who helmed "Detroit 1-8-7," will write and executive produce. And if Matt Barr (of "Hellcats" and "Hatfields & McCoys") isn't considered for the role of grown-up Tom Sawyer, we will be devastated. Just putting that out there.

What do you think, Zap2it readers? Will "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" serve as strong source material? Jezebel is already concerned that the racism of that era and the vernacular of the novels will be problematic when translated to a series television format. Will ABC pull it off?