Ashley Greene Signs On To Dickens Adaptation Olivia Twisted

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-09-14 14:11:04discussion comments
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Now that production on the Twilight franchise has been completed, it's time for its stars to begin looking for other work. Kristen Stewart has already begun working with director Rupert Sanders on Snow White and the Huntsman, a dark take on the classic fairy tale. Now Ashley Greene has taken on her own gothic adaptation, but instead of working from the Brothers Grimm, she'll be handling some Charles Dickens.

Variety is reporting out of Toronto that Greene is now attached to star in Olivia Twisted, an "ultramodern" take on Oliver Twist. The script was written by newcomer Michael Roberts, though it doesn't seem as though a director has been attached yet. In the reimagining, Greene will play the titular Olivia, who is in a group with other "highly trained street urchins." When the gang is given a kidnapping job, they suddenly find themselves embroiled in a vicious turf war. The film will be produced by Michael De Luca, Alissa Phillips, Frank Mancuso Jr. and Eric Gores.

The only reason this project exists is because Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland made over a billion dollars at the global box office last year and now every studio in existence wants to get into the gritty fairy tale game. In the case of this film, however, I could see some potential if they find a skilled director. If they actually commit to the "dark" aspects of the story and give it a tone similar to The Warriors, it could be a great success. If the urchins begin to do parkour moves and they insert a unneeded romantic element, however, the project will be doomed.
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