The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

A Modern Interpretation by Sean Hinson and Hashim Elwazir

Part I

Synopsis:
Huck, a young impoverished boy bestows a new, cleaner life at the helm of his middle-class friend, Tom Sawyer, in order to join his new “robber’s gang.” Huck’s drunken father, Pap, returns to Huck’s hometown of St. Petersburg, Missouri in demand of Huck’s money. A local judge ruled that Pap still could be Huck’s legal guardian if he tries to reform from his violent alcoholic tendencies. Pap fails miserably, and he hangs around town to harass Huck, who is now in custody of the Widow Douglas. Pap later snaps and kidnaps Huck to a cabin across the river from St. Petersburg.

Pap is usually drunk and beats the boy while he holds him hostage. Huck escapes by faking his own death, cutting a pig open and spreading its blood across the cabin. He hides on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River, where he meets and teams up with Jim, a slave. Jim ran away from Miss Watson, his owner, after overhearing of her attempts to sell him. The two hijack a log raft (with a dead body in it) and head up the river to the Ohio River. They encounter robbers on a wrecked steamboat and make off with their winnings.

The two end up separated after an encounter with men looking for runaway slaves. They meet up again in Grangerford, then get stopped by bandits claiming to be aristocrats and pull off multiple scams. The duke and the dauphin sell Jim to local farmers, who happens to be the aunt and uncle of Tom Sawyer, and Huck meets Tom to figure out how to free Jim. Jim was a free man after all that time because his owner, Miss Watson, died two months before and state in her will to free Jim. Jim later tells Huck, fearing for his life that his father may come find him, reveals that the body on the raft they took was his father’s. Huck announces his plans to set out for the west.

Themes
Racism, education, and hypocrisy of civilized society.

Scenes
Handling the relationship with Huck and Pap (from St. Petersburg to his holding hostage), Huck and Jim’s encounter with the “duke and dauphin” bandits, final scenes when Huck realizes his father’s fate and his ambition to go west.

1993 Movie Review:
We decided to cover the 1993 adaptation. A lot of the movie had nothing to do with the book. Most of the themes were missing (racism, education, etc.) from the general plot of the movie in order to keep in “kid friendly.” The actors were okay, but it would have been a little better if they had the chance to reenact the book as it is instead of a watered-down version.

Part II

Setting: Rural Mississippi, to preserve the original theme and racial prejudice that creates the tension and suspense within the novel

Time frame: present day so as to examine modern day racism within American society.

Situation: The situation will be similar, with Huck coming from an impoverished, ignorant, and broken family. Though, to keep to modern times, Huck’s escape with an African American will be considered taboo within the confines of his family and those who reside along the river. Huck and Jim come to meet in similar circumstances, though Jim, instead of a slave Jim is an impoverished black man who is in search of work of any kind. Who treat Huck with kindness and warmth until they discover his association with a black man. Though the racism will rear its head in the form of assumptions regarding the nature of their relationship (kidnapping and the like). These assumptions and how Huck deals with them will come to define the movie and the characters.

Significant changes = mild transpiration changes resulting again from the modern time frame. Though for the most part, events will remain somewhat true to the book.

Characters: the characters will have similar roles to that of the book, save minor changes to account for the modern setting

Part III

Characters: the characters will have similar roles to that of the book, save minor changes to account for the modern setting

Huck Finn - Jacob Lofland

We chose Jacob Lofland because of his past roles that bear similarity to the setting and circumstance as presented in Huck Finn. These attributes can be seen in the film “Mud”.

Jim - Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron because of his caring and defensive role in the Blind Side. These attributes are, in many ways similar to the qualities exhibited by Jim, though a diet and weight loss would be required.

Pap Finn - Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy because of his brutally sinister roles that invoke a certain fear and loathing into the audience. His ability to replicate a believable southern accent proves that his British accent is not a major issue. Though his appearance (fitness and overall lack of gut) will need to be amended before filming.

Tom Sawyer - Asa Butterfield

Asa Butterfield because of his past roles as a cunning child who is for the most part independent.

Miss Watson : Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker's skinny/gaunt face combined with her good acting skills will accent the character adequately.

Widow Douglas - Meryl Streep

Because of her age and experience, Meryl Streep would be the perfect actress to play a patient mother.

The Duke and Dauphin - Johnny Depp and Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci as Dauphin because of his age and renowned ability to shift his character from funny and relaxing to terrifying and unpredictable.

Johnny Depp will be cast as the Duke because of his youthful looks and aloof yet clever demeanor.

Judge Thatcher - Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen has always been able to adequately play a trustworthy and honorable man with obvious values, as seen in his stint as president in the critically acclaimed West Wing TV series.

Silas Phelps - Alec Baldwin

We chose Alec Baldwin because of his versatile acting ability. He can act warm and kind but on the flip of a coin shift into a man consumed by belief and tradition, which comes to fruition in the reluctance to release Jim.

Sally Phelps - Sandra Bullock

We also chose Sandra Bullock because of her versatile acting ability. He can act warm and kind but on the flip of a coin shift into a man consumed by belief and tradition, which comes to fruition in the reluctance to release Jim. This ability to shift personas has been illustrated in her previous works, most notably The Blind Side.

Aunt Polly - Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet because of her ability to act as a caring and experienced mother, who is familiar with the wild and unpredictable actions of Tom and Huck.

Part IV

Setting: Issaquena County, Mississippi

*DRAMATIZATION, NOT ACTUALLY ISSAQUENA COUNTY, MS*

Costumes: Typical Southern attire: Overalls, rags to display the impoverished state the citizens (and Huck) are in, etc.

Music

"The Thrill is Gone" is going to be used as the opening and closing track for the movie.

"Pickapart" will be played as an action/adventure theme for Huck and Jim.

"Black Sabbath" will be played during any unfavorable situation, whether it be Huck trapped by or escaping his father or when Huck and Jim encounter the Duke and Dauphin.

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awesome job!