St. Vincent To Direct Update Of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Dorian Gray’


Grammy-winning recording artist St. Vincent aka Annie Clark will make her feature film directing debut with an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Clark plans on putting a contemporary spin on the Victorian novel about a narcissistic man who stays young while his portrait ages in the attic. This time the protagonist will be a woman. The adaptation is being written by David Birke, who wrote Elle which was directed by Paul Verhoeven and garnered a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Isabelle Huppert.

Clark directed the short film Birthday Party, included in the horror anthology XX, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and starred Melanie Lynskey and Joe Swanberg.

Multi-instrumentalist Clark has achieved rapid success and acclaim as writer/performer St. Vincent. She originally started her career as a member of Polyphonic Spree and toured with Sufjan Stevens. Her fourth solo album won a Grammy award for Best Alternative Album in 2015.

Clark has been romantically linked to actresses Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne.

Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray has been adapted into film many times over the years. The most notable probably, the 1945 MGM version starring Jessica Fletcher herself, Angela Lansbury. She received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A sexy, trashy, campy version starring one-time Dynasty player Helmut Berger was released to mixed/bad reviews in 1970.image w

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