"Pianist" Duo — Polanski and Harwood — Reteam for "Oliver" Film

News   "Pianist" Duo — Polanski and Harwood — Reteam for "Oliver" Film
Charles Dickens' classic tale of "Oliver Twist" is once again headed to the silver screen.

The novel has been adapted more than ten times. The latest venture will feature direction by Roman Polanski and a screenplay by Ronald Harwood. Variety also reports that the team which won Academy Awards for last year's "The Pianist" will shoot the film next summer in Europe with a British cast. Alain Sarde and Robert Benmussa will produce. Polanski told the industry paper that he was inspired by his own children — ages five and ten — to offer his own version of the Dickens book. "I love Dickens and I want to make a family movie," said the award-winning director.

"Oliver Twist" tells the story of a runaway orphan who meets a pickpocket in London. Twist then joins a group of other runaways who are trained to steal by an older man named Fagin.

A musical version of the Dickens tale — Oliver! — was written by Lionel Bart and featured such tunes as "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," "As Long As He Needs Me" and "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two." A film of the musical was also made in 1968, directed by Carol Reed.

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