NBC are working with Lionsgate and Joel Silver (producer of action films such as Predator, Die Hard and Sherlock Holmes) are teaming up to develop a new drama entitled Twist, based on the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. However, Twist plans to be an updated version of the Dickens novel, which will star a female version of protagonist Oliver. A logline for the show has been revealed by The Hollywood Reporter:
A sexy contemporary take on Oliver Twist with a struggling twentysomething female (Twist) who finally finds a true sense of family in a strange group of talented outcasts who use their unique skills to take down wealthy criminals.
The general plot of the show sounds like somewhat of a departure from the Oliver Twist novel both with the contemporary setting and female protagonist but additionally with Twist focusing on taking down rich criminals, a concept which sounds more familiar to the likes of Robin Hood than Oliver Twist which followed Oliver actually joining a criminal gang. There’s currently no word on whether the show will retain Dickens’ London setting, or whether the location will be changed as well. The announcement of Twist being in development immediately follows the announcement of a similar project at Fox, Camelot, which plans to modernize King Arthur into a police procedural show. Both Twist and Camelot aren’t entirely new concepts within television, following the likes of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, which were modernized into both BBC’s Sherlock series, as well as CBS’ Elementary. NBC is also no stranger to the concept as they currently air Grimm, inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy Tales of old.
Twist has received a script commitment, with the script due to be penned by the relatively unknown J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, both of whom will additionally executive produce the show with Joel Silver, under his Silver Pictures Television Banner. The president of Silver Pictures Television, Rodney Ferrell, will also be an executive producer. There is no word on any planned dates for Twist, but it is likely NBC are aiming for the 2017-2018 season.