While the original “Nancy Drew” and the “Hardy Boys” novels placed the young heroes as detectives solving cases, the “Tom Swift” novels thrust the character into the science and tech realm. Swift often went on adventures with his latest invention somehow heavily involved (via TomSwift.net). Based on the proposed plot synopsis for The CW’s version of the character, it looks like it will still pull from the main idea of the original novels, but with a modern twist.
According to Deadline, the “Tom Swift” series sees the character dealing with the world of sci-fi conspiracies and matching wits with an Illuminati-like group. Tom will be on the search for his missing father while having adventures that focus on unexplained incidents.
While speaking with TV Line, Richards said that “Tom Swift” will not only explore the tech world but will also put the spotlight on a young Black gay man growing up while thrown into a mysterious world of adventure. The actor also said that the show will give insight into the world of the Black 1 percent and elite.