NBC Developing a ‘Sexy, Contemporary’ Female-Led Adaptation of ‘Oliver Twist’

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NBC and Silver Pictures Television announced on Friday a pilot-script deal for “Twist,” a modern-day adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 19th century novel “Oliver Twist.”

“Twist” will explore a “sexy, contemporary” take on the classic tale, according to the network. It will star a struggling, twenty-something female (Twist) who “finally finds a true sense of family in a strange group of talented outcasts who use their unique skills to take down wealthy criminals.”

Founder of Silver Pictures Television Joel Silver and president Rodney Ferrell will serve as executive producers on “Twist.” Writing team Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin, known for the upcoming film adaptation of the game “Fruit Ninja,” have signed on to write the series’ pilot. Both Damiani and Lavin will also executive produce the project.

Apart from “Twist,” Silver most recently produced the film “The Nice Guys,” starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. He is is also currently producing “Suburbicon” by director-actor George Clooney, written by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac. Silver’s past TV credits include the fan-favorite series “Veronica Mars,” the vampire drama “Moonlight” and the now-syndicated “Tales from the Crypt.”

“Twist” is currently under development. Further information regarding the series has yet to be released.

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  1. AMG says:

    Please don’t mess with a classic!

  2. Look, by the time you make it Contemporary and female led, it’s not really the same story anymore. But then to make it Sexy? Why not go the rest of the way and set it on Mars?

  3. andrew says:

    oh look more feminist nonsense.

  4. Michael M says:

    So basically the only thing this show will have in common is that the characters last name is Twist and she will fall in with a group of thief’s. Why bother connecting it at all?

  5. Caitlin says:

    NBC are trying to sound like a porn parody company in everything but name…

  6. Richard Wehrle says:

    You know I’ve always known that Charles Dickens’ stories were good, but I also knew deep down that they could be…sexier.

  7. Taylor Swift could play the lead in this…

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