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Why I Drink: Classic American Literature Edition

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 22, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 22, 2012 |

Didn’t you always think that Mark Twain’s classic works featuring Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were almost great, but that what they really needed to be transcendant was for the setting to be moved to modern times, the characters made adults, and to have some supernatural elements thrown in? If you answered yes … wait, no, it is a physical impossibilty to have answered yes to that question, because anyone with such catastrophic damage to their frontal lobes would be physically incapable of forming thoughts in the first place.

At the moment there is only a script, but the bad news is that the script has been purchased. It is described as a “re-imagining of the classic duo in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman.”

I know that the chances of this ever actually making it to film are about a thousand to one, but then again we’ve got a movie based on Battleship, so do you really want to quote long odds in comfort? Somebody once thought it was a good idea to stick Jonathan Taylor Thomas in a version of Huck Finn, so there is empirical evidence of terrible terrible things being done to this source material without even getting into the Martin Lawrence ourve.

I take back that think piece I wrote about copyright needing to be severely restricted. Lifetime of author plus the life of the sun, that’s my new rule. If the Earth isn’t a burnt crisp, copyright still applies.

(source: SlashFilm)

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.