NBC plans to reboot “Oliver Twist” as a female-driven crime procedural described as “a sexy contemporary take” on the Charles Dickens classic.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joel Silver and Lionsgate are behind the project, tentatively titled “Twist.” Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin, who are writing the announced “Fruit Ninja” movie, will pen the script and join Silver as executive producers.
“Twist” will follow a young woman named Twist who teams with a group of outcasts who use their unique skills to catch wealthy criminals. No casting has been announced.
Dickens’ second novel, “Oliver Twist” centers on a young orphan who’s sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker. The boy eventually escapes and runs away to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger and a criminal named Fagin, who run a gang of child pickpockets. First published in serial form between 1837 and 1839. “Oliver Twist” was last adapted for film in 2005 by Roman Polanski, when Ben Kingsley starring as Fagin and Barney Clark as Oliver.
A veteran producer, Silver’s long list of credits includes the “Lethal Weapon,” “Matrix” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises.
The “Twist” news arrives just days after Fox announced plans to update another familiar story, that of King Arthur, as a crime procedural titled “Camelot.”
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