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Edgar Wright's Giving Oliver Twist A Steampunk Makeover Because Dude's Gotta' Eat

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | January 27, 2015 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | January 27, 2015 |

He brought us Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and almost Ant-Man. Now deeply quirky writer-director Edgar Wright is taking his talents into a suitably bizarre direction, combining the characters of Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist with a steampunk aesthetic. So “consider yourself part of the furniture” takes on a whole new relevance.

Conceived as a sequel to Oliver Twist, Dodge and Twist is set 20 years later in a steampunked out London and pits a grown Twist against his old pal The Artful Dodger. The former is now an honest cop, while the latter is on a quest to steal the crown jewels.


The initial concept was concocted by Ahmet Zappa (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). Film Divider reports Cole Haddon (Dracula the series) came on to flesh out the first draft, before Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Fully Monty) was brought in for revisions. From there, Wright was hired to give the script a front to back rewrite, which he’s recently submitted.

Film Divider makes no claims about who might direct this in-development project. But notably, Wright tends to write so he can helm. So, his revision could be just the first step he’ll take with Dodge and Twist. And frankly, if we’ve got to have a steampunk Dickens flick, we’d rather have a gonzo geek like Wright on it than, the likes of Guy Ritchie.


However, Wright already has two directorial vehicles lined up between Baby Driver and Grasshopper Jungle. So we’ll have to wait and see if Dodge and Twist will wait for him.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.