- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2016

In what seems to be just the latest move in Hollywood’s gender-flipping trend, the NBC network is planning on an “Oliver Twist” series that makes the classic Dickens character a woman, in what it is being billed as a “sexy contemporary” take on Charles Dickens’ Victorian era pickpocket.

“Writing duo Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin (who are also adapting game Fruit Ninja as a movie) will pen the script,” The Hollywood Reporter explained in its exclusive story on Friday. “The duo will exec produce alongside Silver and his Lionsgate Television-based Silver Pictures Television banner. Silver Pictures Television president Rodney Ferrell will also exec produce the Lionsgate TV project.”

“The drama, which has received a script commitment, is described as a modern take on Dickens’ second novel that was originally published as a serial in the 1830s,” THR reported. “Twist’s logline is as follows: A sexy contemporary take on Oliver Twist with a struggling 20-something 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.”

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