The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic childhood tale, a fine piece of literature that’s become deeply ensconced in the American zeitgeist and our subconscious understandings of boyhood. But what happens when Sawyer and his trusty companions grow up? Surely they can’t keep up their trickery and shenanigans into adulthood?
Well, according to the upcoming film Band of Robbers, they can indeed, and indeed they do. Written and directed by brothers Adam and Aaron Nee, Band catches up with our heroes just as a grown-up Huckleberry Finn (Kyle Gallner) is released from jail. He reunites with Sawyer (Adam Nee), now a crooked cop, and the two put their minds together (yet again) in an attempt to search for treasure (yet again).
All of Mark Twain’s old and beloved characters make appearances: Ben Rogers (Hannibal Buress), Joe Harper (Matthew Gray Gubler), Becky Thatcher (Melissa Benoist)—who works as a cop alongside Sawyer—and of course, the abjectly non-politically correctly named Injun Joe (Stephen Lang). As you may well imagine, chaos quickly ensues.
Band of Robbers premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year, and in October, it was acquired by Gravitas Ventures. The movie’s red band trailer was released last night, and the film will have limited theatrical release starting January 15, 2016.