Newswire: Oliver! will be the next Oscar-bait movie musical

Every few years Hollywood whips up a prestige musical that will, if nothing else, help liven up that year’s Oscar broadcast. Following in the footsteps of Into The Woods, Les Misérables, and Sweeney Todd, the next musical to get the big-screen treatment will be Oliver!, the cheery adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Unlike those previous musical ventures, however, this will be a remake: After debuting on the West End in 1960, the Lionel Bart-penned show was adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie in 1968.

It’s still very early days for this new adaptation, as Variety reports rights deals are still being completed and the project won’t officially be greenlit for a few weeks. However, Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell director Toby Haynes is already expected to helm the film. Haynes is mostly known for directing episodes of big budget British TV shows like Sherlock and Doctor Who …

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