A sequel to Oliver Twist has been in the pipeline for years, and now thanks to a re-write by Edgar Wright, the film just might start moving forward. If you slap Wright’s name on anything, then it immediately becomes a very cool ,very exciting project.
Titled Dodge and Twist, the sequel is set some twenty years after the events in Charles Dickens’ story, but this will have a steampunk twist to it, and drops Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger into a Victorian-era heist film.
Dodge and Twist was conceived by Ahmet Zappa (“The Odd Life Of Timothy Green”), with Cole Haddon (NBC series “Dracula”) working out the story, and Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours”) writing an initial draft, Wright’s tale brings a new dimension to the long brewing project.
Film Divider reports that Zappa will be named as a producer on the film, alongside The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Matt Tolmach, which might prove to be very useful. Which is to say, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Andrew Garfield get the role of The Artful Dodger. Eddie Redmayne, meanwhile, is the pictured casting for the older Twist. (Note: these names are NOT confirmed)
Wright is not expected to direct the film, as he has Baby Driver coming up, plus Grasshopper Jungle after that. However, with his writing abilities, Dodge and Twist sounds an intriguing, and rather daring idea that could ultimately become very, very impressive in the right hands.