Just What We Need: A Red Bull-Fueled, Parkour Version of Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’

By  · Published on May 15th, 2012

It would be easy to mock the idea of a parkour Oliver Twist. It could certainly be seen by the cynical as the perversion of a classic, one that will most certainly shove modern hipness into a story meant to be a serious microscope into poverty and the ethical impossibilities it presents. But what’s the fun in that?

Instead, let’s celebrate the prospect of parkour flipping pickpockets all hopped up on Red Bull. According to Variety, the energy drink company is pairing with Pure Grass Films and the Salt Co. to create Twista currently-set take on the classic novel from Charles Dickens. Is there any chance it won’t be in 3D? Of course not. This shit is going to be sailing into your eye balls in as many dimensions as possible.

The concept, from Lynch and Simon Thomas, follows the Fagin Gang as they steal stuff from people using parkour. Yup. This is happening, so rip the seat belt from out of your Scion and bring it into the theater with you. You’re going to need it. And sneak in a bag of Doritos Comically Large in the messenger bag space not filled up by a profound sense of misunderstand great works of literary art.

Just kidding. Parkour is fun to watch, and it should look awesome when applied to petty theft. Plus, whenever I think of creators who should tackle Dickens’ classic novels, an energy drink company almost always springs instantly to mind.

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