Charles Dickens Getting a Parkour Update in 3D Action Film 'Twist'
The line between fake movie premises and real ones is becoming increasingly small in today's movie landscape. A few years ago, it was obvious that certain films were never going to get a greenlight because their concepts were simply too ludicrous to imagine. But this news story has me scratching my head and rethinking what is possible in the movie industry today. Variety reports that Red Bull's media branch is producing a 3D parkour movie called Twist, based on Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist. The modern-day story sees the kids in the Fagin Gang using parkour to pull off a series of art heists. Um, what?
So who's responsible for this? The Brothers Lynch, who have directed short films before but haven't tackled a feature, came up with the modern retelling with Simon Thomas, but the "written by" credit is actually going to Kevin Lehane, the writer of a midnight movie called Grabbers that played at Sundance this year. Variety doesn't list a director for Twist, but IMDB says those duties belong to Donkey Punch director Oliver Blackburn. I haven't seen that film, but I'm not sure than even the biggest A-list talent could end up making a great film out of this premise. I think the best we can hope for is something along the lines of District B13, a great French action thriller that features a ridiculous story but some awesome moves by parkour founder David Belle and the rest of the cast. Thoughts?