NBC to Reboot Oliver Twist as a Female-Driven Procedural

Oliver Twist NBC Reboot

Well, this is quite a twist. An… Oliver Twist.

The classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is being reimagined as a female-driven crime procedural by NBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project, tentatively titled Twist, promises “a sexy contemporary take” centering on a twentysomething woman named Twist who teams up with a group of skilled outcasts to catch wealthy criminals.

This is just the latest are-they-serious? reboot heading to the small screen. Earlier this week, Fox announced they would reboot the tale of King Arthur and Camelot as a police procedural. Twist does have some heavy hitters behind it, though: Mega-producer Joel Silver and studio Lionsgate are on board so far. And it’s already earned a script commitment from NBC, with Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin penning the pilot.

The original Oliver Twist, about a street orphan who gets lured into a gang of child pickpockets, has been adapted countless times by Hollywood, including the 1948 film version (pictured above) starring Alec Guinness as Fagin and 1968’s Oliver!, which won the Oscar for Best Picture.

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