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!
British choreographer Matthew Bourne told the Guardian, "There’s . . . a film of Oliver! in the pipeline. Cameron Mackintosh is hoping to follow up Les Misérables with Oliver! and I’ve never really worked on a major film so that’s exciting."
In Variety, Tony Jordan says that they're having trouble finding studio space for the show and that it may have to shoot in Eastern Europe, though he acknowledges, "It just doesn't feel quite right. It should be in the U.K." The piece also mentions some of the buildings and characters that are going to appear on the show.
Congratulations to Dickensblog reader Sean Phillips on the release of his new novel Quigsnip: The Untold Tale of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist! Described by the author as a "Dickens pastiche," the novel is available here in paperback, and should be available soon for Kindle as well. Anyone who'd like a review copy, please comment below, and I'll put you in touch with Sean. You're welcome to review the novel on your own website or blog, or to submit a review to me for publication here.
The Hollywood Reporterstates that BBC4 has a new Tale of Two Cities in the works! It's being written by Alan Bleasdale, who did the 1999 Oliver Twist miniseries, and produced by the company that made Parade's End. Netflix is in talks to co-produce.