I have a piqued curiosity when it comes to Oliver Parker's Dorian Gray, which will open in the UK on Friday (09.11.09) before playing in Toronto this month, where it will hopefully find a willing U.S. distributor.
Having recently introduced myself to Albert Lewin's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) and reading up on Oscar Wilde's 1890 source novel, I'm fascinated by this tale of infinite youth and sin.
This review from Allan Hunter at Screen Daily hardly sings praises and finds nothing nice to say about Ben Barnes' portrayal of Dorian (shocker!), but I'm just interested in how a modernized take on the story would work.
Hunter goes on to say that this version is very "faithful" and "traditional" towards the material, so at least no liberties are being taken there. Once again, Dorian Gray opens on 09.11.09 in the UK before playing at the Toronto International Film Festival. I would think a movie starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth with a new-wave gothic horror vibe wouldn't be too hard to market for a modest studio like Summit, Overture, Lionsgate, etc. But, we'll see.
Dorian Gray Trailer