Looks like they're going ahead with that Oliver! remake: Various news outlets are reporting that Toby Haynes, director of the BBC miniseries Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, will direct a new film version. (Deadline claims that everyone involved denies it, but that it's true anyway. Why they would deny it if it's true is beyond me, but I guess that's show business.) Lee Hall is writing the script and Broadway legend Cameron Mackintosh is among the producers.
The Daily Mail reports that the goal is to release the film at the end of 2016. It also states that "a nationwide search" will be held to find young actors to play Oliver and the Artful Dodger, but that "no one was prepared to discuss" who might be cast in the adult roles. So feel to speculate or dreamcast in the comments section here! (The paper does mention that at one point there was "chatter" about Samantha Barks, who played Éponine in the film version of Les Misérables, possibly playing Nancy, a role that she has played onstage.)
According to this page, Mike Newell is set to direct the upcoming miniseries version of A Tale of Two Cities. (Newell, you may recall, directed the 2012 feature film adaptation of Great Expectations with Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter.) There's been no official announcement, but the page belongs to the agent of Alan Bleasdale, the screenwriter for the project, so I'm guessing it's probably accurate.
Lee, who died Sunday at the age of 93, played the Marquis St. Evremonde in the 1958 film of A Tale of Two Cities. And Moody, who died Thursday at age 91, was best known for creating the role of Fagin in the musical version of Oliver!, both on stage (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award), and on film (for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award).
(Images courtesy of Aveleyman and Villains Wikia, respectively)
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!