After critical acclaim with her experimental rock music and eclectic taste, Annie Clarke, alias St.Vincent, has begun a rapid rise in the world of directing. Variety has announced that she will direct an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Clarke’s first three albums Marry Me (2007), Actor (2009), and Strange Mercy (2011), all were successes critically and commercially; but it was her fourth album St. Vincent (2013) that received the highest acclaim. Named album of the year by multiple publications, the album garnered Clarke her first Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Her music has appeared in the Twilight Saga and HBO’s Girls. She made her directorial debut with “Birthday Party”, which debuted at Sundance this year as part of the female-centric horror anthology XX. The Picture of Dorian Gray will be Clarke’s first feature film.
While Oscar Wilde was a prolific writer of plays, short stories, and essays, The Picture of Dorian Gray was the only novel he ever wrote. A philosophical and sometimes satirical study of hedonism and aestheticism, the novel follows the titular character as he lives a life of maximum excess, the effects of which only appear on a painting in his attic. As his sins pile up, Gray slowly descends into madness and murder until it all becomes too much. The novel has been adapted to film numerous times, most famously in 1945 with Hurd Hatfield in the title role.
The film is being developed by Lionsgate and will be written by David Birke, who is also working on the upcoming horror film based on Slender Man.