If there were a list of books or film and TV concepts that I’d call out as most likely to received gender-swapped versions, there is absolutely zero chance that I’d pull out the gothic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This classic piece of literature from Oscar Wilde tells the story of a man who sells his soul so that he may never age, and as he grows older and more sinful, the scars of life carry over to a painting of him as he says forever young and flawless.
While perhaps not on the same level as characters like Frankenstein’s monster or Dracula, Dorian Gray is still high up there in terms of his iconic nature in gothic literature. As such, it’s not really something I would have thought fit to the teen and mid-twenties-centric network The CW. But, according to a new report from Variety, this is exactly what’s happening.
The outlet states that the network is developing a series based on the novel and that it will be a comedic, female-led spin on the tale. Here’s the synopsis as stated by the outlet:
“It follows a woman who made a deal with the devil 50 years ago to remain young and has spent the subsequent decades living selfishly and without consequences. As the downsides of eternal youth finally land on her, Dorian is ready to grow up and age gracefully, but, to do so, she’ll have to make amends for half a century of bad behavior.”
Writer and executive producer Marisa Coughlan is leading the project alongside executive producer Len Goldstein. This’ll be an interesting project to follow, as Coughlan is mostly known for her acting work on movies like Super Troopers 2, but her writing and producing credits are quite limited.
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