Oliver Twist is a highly regarded Dickens’ novel, but the only thing that could make it better is if Oliver were a twentysomething woman who took down wealthy criminals like Robin Hood, instead of being a sad orphan boy. At least that’s what NBC is banking on.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has given a script commitment to Twist, and is developing the series with Joel Silver (Veronica Mars, Tales From the Crypt) and Lionsgate. Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin (Fruit Ninja: The Movie) are set to write and executive produce. Silver and Rodney Ferrell (Silver Pictures Television) are also set as executive producers.
Rather than follow the 1830s story of a young orphan on the streets of London as he gets involved with the Artful Dodger and Fagin, Twist will be an attempt to update the tale. Twist will follow an adult, female Twist who is struggling in life until she stumbles upon and is embraced by an odd group of outcasts like her. Together Twist and the group are able to use their many talents to go up against wealthy criminals and take them down.
Twist is just another show in a recent trend of modernizing classic works of literature for television. Fox is especially notable for this, having just announced a present-day police procedural take on Camelot, and with the success the network has seen with its 21st century take on Sleepy Hollow.
Twist is produced by Silver Pictures Television and Lionsgate Television.