JP Lavin ’95 and his writing partner Chad Damiani have been tapped to adapt Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” for NBC, with a contemporary update.
As the Hollywood Reporter wrote in September, “the drama, which has received a script commitment, is described as a modern take on Dickens’ second novel that was originally published as a serial in the 1830s.”
The novel follows the titular character, an orphan, who is sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker, eventually escaping and traveling to London where he joins a gang of juvenile pickpockets. In Lavin and Damiani’s version, “a struggling 20-something female (Twist)…finally finds a true sense of family in a strange group of talented outcasts who use their unique skills to take down wealthy criminals.”
The screenwriting duo, who are also adapting the mobile game “Fruit Ninja,” will serve additionally as executive producers alongside Joel Silver and his Lionsgate Television-based Silver Pictures Television banner, whose president Rodney Ferrell will also executive produce.
Together, Lavin and Damiani have been penning and selling television and film scripts for the past decade. In October 2015, CBS Studios picked up their pilot “Jet Set,” which centers on a young, rich socialite and a blue-collar FBI agent who pose as the new “it” couple to investigate and apprehend suspects who hide behind wealth and influence.
Lavin is a regular volunteer for the annual “Behind the Scenes” career excursion in Los Angeles, organized by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education during winter break.