Charles Dicken’s classic tale Oliver Twist is set to be reimagined for the big screen.
Sony are said to be updating the story of orphaned Oliver for a film with the help of Cole Haddon, who wrote Sky’s upcoming drama Dracula.
The reimagining, titled Dodge and Twist, will be set twenty years after the events of Charles Dickens’ novel and will focus on pickpocketing partners Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger. The action will revolve around the pair becoming embroiled in a plot to steal the Crown Jewels.
The project is a “favourite” and “is on the development fast track” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Charles Dickens’ second novel Oliver Twist was first published in 1838. The tale has since been adapted for stage and screen numerous times. Recently, the story was turned into a Roman Polanski film starring Jamie Foreman, Ben Kingsley and Barney Clark and a BBC TV mini series starring Tom Hardy, Timothy Spall and Sophie Okonedo.
Cole Haddon’s Dracula, which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Merlin’s Katie McGrath, Game of Thrones’ Nonso Anozie and Jessica De Gouwis, set to air in the UK later this year.