Originally announced back in 2013, Sony’s Dodge and Twist is the brainchild of Ahmet Zappa (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), but according to FilmDivider it’s now getting a screenplay makeover from none other than Cornetto Trilogy helmer Edgar Wright, who just turned in his draft this week. Previous scripts by Cole Haddon and Simon Beaufoy will not be used.
A steampunk sequel to Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” Dodge and Twist is set 20 years after the events of the classic novel, with Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger at odds with one another as Oliver, now a police officer, tries to prevent the Dodger from a plan to steal the Crown Jewels. The plot will incorporate characters from “Twist” and other Dickens novels, as well as an ass-kicking Queen Victoria.
Although it may be pure speculation, the article points out that Andrew Garfield and current Best Actor Oscar frontrunner Eddie Redmayne are on the list of potential leads the producers are eyeing. The film will be produced by Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Zappa, the latter of whom made several appearances in the late-’90s on Channel 4’s “The Adam and Joe Show,” which starred Wright’s frequent collaborator Joe Cornish.
Dodge and Twist is not planned as a directing vehicle for Wright, who has the car chase musical Baby Driver lined up to helm next, as well as the YA adaptation Grasshopper Jungle, also for Tolmach.
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