Charles Dickens is now afflicted with Sherlock Holmes syndrome. That’s the new, action-oriented Holmes from Warner Bros. and Guy Ritchie — not any of the other versions that have existed over the years.

When a creator tells stories with universal appeal they invariably become subject to contexts and varied re-tellings that never would have occurred to the originator. By and large that’s a good thing, but occasionally it means that a silly idea gets traction. And so be prepared for Dodge and Twist, which will re-tell Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist in the context of a period film with modern action thrills, just like we’ve seen in the two Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films. Read More »

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Is it Halloween already? Today’s TV Bits is dark and spooky, as it deals with vampires, zombies, murderers, and other scary creatures. (Insert your own joke about some of Star Wars‘ CGI characters being their own brand of horrifying here.) After the jump:

  • Rick McCallum talks about the Star Wars TV show (again)
  • ABC releases a trailer for Oren Peli’s The River
  • NBC picks up Dracula from Black List writer Cole Haddon
  • Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange ponders a return to FX’s American Horror Story
  • AMC announces the Season 2 premiere of The Killing and orders an extra dose of The Walking Dead

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