Disney’s “Oliver Twist” has a screenwriter. Danny Strong will be the man behind the pen of Disney’s modern and musical take on this Charles Dickens’ classic. Strong is the co-creator of Fox’s “Empire.” While Strong has been in front of the camera on several popular television shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Gilmore Girls, ” he is well known for his script writing. Most recently Strong directed and wrote “Rebel in the Rye,” which starred Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey.
Ice Cube is attached to the film to star and produce, while the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, Thomas Kail, is said to be directing.
Also signed on as producers are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.
One of Dicken’s most works, “Oliver Twist” is the story of an orphan boy who goes from exploited worker to being taken under the wing of the leader of a gang of London pickpockets, Fagin, who is set be played by Ice Cube.
Disney has already attempted to remake this classic story in 1998 with the animated film, “Oliver and Company.”
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