Book adaptations are not new. Modern remakes are not new. Gender-swapping is a little new, but one hour on Pinterest will kill the novelty for you.
Making Oliver Twist sexy? Now that takes creativity.
Yes, it seems Charles Dickens’ classic is being adapted once again; this time as an NBC procedural called “Twist,” and…just take a look at the show’s tagline:
“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.”
Oy… where to begin?
I’m not sure what’s “sexy” about an orphan living on the streets and trying to find “family.” That seems, to me, like Joel Schumacher’s attempt to make the Phantom of the Opera sexy. It’s not supposed to be and, well, it didn’t quite work.
I’m also not sure how proud we should be that changing the lead character into a female involves making the story sexy. I’m sure that the feminist population may have a few things to say about that (feel free to weigh in on this in the comments).
The oddity doesn’t stop there, however. Now, Oliver (Olivia?) takes down wealthy criminals like some sort of poor Batman? I’m sorry, Batgirl. True, Oliver’s life did end up taking down criminals (like Fagin who took advantage of the poor children), but Oliver was just sort of the catalyst, not the cause.
All in all, this sounds like Oliver Twist as much as the Super Mario Bros. movie represented the game. Still, it has names like Joel Silver, who has credits like Veronica Mars. Plus, Lionsgate (the studio behind films like the Shaun the Sheep Movie, Dear White People, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is involved. Then again, Lionsgate did also make the Madea films, the Divergent Films, and is now creating Power Rangers.
At the very least, when Twist comes out and the whole world sees it, we’ll all be able to say, “Well…that was a thing.”
What do you think? Do you have any hopes for this show? Let us know in the comments below!