St. Vincent Is Directing An Adaptation Of Oscar Wilde’s “Dorian Gray”

This time, Dorian is a woman.

St. Vincent is set to direct her first feature film, a twist on Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The adaptation will follow the same storyline as the original: A narcissistic hedonist sells his soul to be forever young, committing evil deeds to keep his secret—but this time, the anti-hero will be a woman.

David Birke (Elle) will write the screenplay for the new version, currently in development at Lionsgate. More than a dozen films that have been made from Wilde’s novel, including a version from 1945, in which Angela Lansbury played a young singer Gray falls in love with. (Lansbury was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards.) The most recent, 2009’s Dorian Gray, starred Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, and Rebecca Hall.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

This new take will be the first to switch Dorian’s gender, though. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) made her filmmaking debut at Sundance last year with a short called Birthday Party, about a mother (Melanie Lynskey) going to great lengths to hide her husband’s ill-timed death from guests at her son’s birthday party.

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.
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