The other day I posted a link to some news about how Hollywood is getting ready to spin Charles Dickens’ beloved rags-to-riches orphan child Oliver Twist off into some new adventures. From Heat Vision:
Taking a page out of the recent Robert Downey Jr.-starring Sherlock Holmes movies, Twist takes pickpocketing rivals Oliver Twist and Artful Dodger and re-imagines them 20 years down the road. The two are on opposite sides of the law and get embroiled in an affair to steal the Crown Jewels.
I’m not sure that that’s “taking a page” from Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes — his films don’t fundamentally change the character in a way that the author would no longer recognize. But this appears to suggest that Oliver is now some sort of police officer — which seems an unlikely destiny for the man of means we learn Oliver is at the end of the novel. Or else Oliver really is taking a page from Sherlock Holmes and has set up a detective agency. (Or else he’s gone back to a life of crime and the Artful Dodger is now a cop… which seems even less likely.)
What characters from classic literature would you reboot, and how would you do it?
I made a joke at link above about Oliver Twist, Werewolf Hunter. I’m not sure it’s any worse than Oliver Twist, Gentleman Detective.
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