- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Victorian novelist Oscar Wilde’s classic, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” will once again hit the silver screen, but this time with a twist.

Lionsgate will distribute the picture, starring a woman in the title role of the depraved, ageless hedonist and directed by rock musician Annie Clark — who performs under the stage name St. Vincent — Variety reported Wednesday.

While Hollywood has seemed to be keen of late to try gender-swapping in comedy franchises, “Dorian Gray” arguably ventures into more unchartered territory, a serious horror/drama that will have less revenue potential than an iconic blockbuster franchise like “Ghostbusters.”

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), there have been five feature-length film adaptations of Wilde’s 1890 novel, one U.S. made-for-TV movie, four short films and a handful of TV episodes by the title. The 1945 adaptation, starring Hurd Hatfield as the title character and co-starring screen legends such as Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed and Peter Lawford, is perhaps the best known and most successful.

The most recent movie adaptations, in 2007 and 2005, were distributed largely to independent-film festivals and on European TV outlets and DVD sales, respectively, according to IMDb.

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