Oliver Twist: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to Roman Polanski's upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. As part of its deal, Sony also has taken South American distribution rights to the film, which will begin a 16-week shoot in July in Prague.

The new "Oliver" toplines Ben Kingsley as Fagin, the leader of a ring of pickpockets that takes in the innocent orphan Oliver. Barney Clark, a 10-year-old Briton, has been cast as Oliver, while Jamie Foreman will play the Artful Dodger, the boy who shows Oliver the ropes.

Frank Finlay has been cast as Mr. Brownlow, the kind gentleman who rescues Oliver from the streets.