The Cornwall Standard-Freeholder reports that Canadian filmmaker Anthony D. P. Mann is filming and starring in an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, set in Canada in the 1890s, on a "micro-budget." Colin Baker will narrate.
RadioTimes and BBC News report that BBC Films will release a new film version of David Copperfield, from Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell. The film, in the early stages of development, may be released in 2016. Though there have been quite a few TV versions of the story, I believe this will be the first bigscreen adaptation since 1935!
Oliver! is airing again tonight on Turner Classic Movies, this time as part of their "Friday Night Spotlight: Roadshow Musicals" event. The movie starts at 10:45 p.m. Eastern, but if you tune in about 10 minutes early, you can see a "featurette" about the making of the movie.
TCM will air the 1935 Tale of Two Cities tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, as part of their "31 Days of Oscar" event. (The film was nominated for a Best Editing Oscar.) I'll be on Twitter tonight chatting about the film with other classic movie fans, using the #TCMParty hashtag. Those of you who are on Twitter are welcome to join in!
Dodge and Twist, a steampunk film that catches up with Oliver and the Dodger 20 years after the events of Dickens's novel, has been in the works for a couple of years. Now Edgar Wright has turned in a new draft of the script, and rumors are that some high-profile stars may be approached to play the leads. More information (along with some speculation) is here, here, and here!