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Even though he's long since departed from the project, there's going to be some time before Edgar Wright fans try and let go of the Ant-Man that could've been. We might still be rather disheartened over what's in store, but Wright's creative spirits certainly haven't been dampened, so much so that as well as his chase movie Baby Driver and YA adaption Grasshopper Jungle, he's also finished the last few pages on Dodge and Twist, a steampunk sequel to Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.

The news comes from Film Divider, revealing that the head ice-cream man behind the Cornetto Trilogy is now the third person to give the story a go after the idea came into fruition thanks to Ahmet Zappa (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). Back in 2013, Cole Hadden dished out a draft that was then given the once over by Slumdog Millionaire's Simon Beaufoy. Now Wright has stepped in to explore the further adventures of everyone's favourite orphan that isn't Annie, and his pocket-picking pal - well ex-pal.

Set 20 years after Dickens' original story, this steampunk project sees Twist and the Dodger having gone down very different paths, with the former now a London policeman and the Artful Dodger now advancing in his levels of theivery. The story will focus on Twist trying to thwart his old mates plans after he sets his sights on the crown jewels. Cor blimey guv'nor and so forth.

The site goes on to mention that Zappa will be producing the film alongside Matt Tolmach who produced The Amazing Spider-Man. Considering Tolmach's previous venture, Film Divider have suggested that Andrew Garfield could be eyed for the role of the Artful Dodger whilst Eddie Redmayne is already rumoured to be eyed for the part of Oliver.

Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield
Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield

For anyone who might be holding out hope that Wright could work as director on the project as well, you might want to pump the brakes a bit. The busy film making bee that he is probably won't have time for Dodge or Twist for that matter with the schedule he's got, but expect some directors names to be dropped in no time at all. Watch this space.

Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright

Expanding on literary characters isn't really new territory for Hollywood, but this seems like a story I'd be interested to see. What do you think though? Does Wright's involvement leave you asking, 'please sir, I want some more?' or is this one character that should be left on the shelf? Sound off in the comments below.


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