ZDF Studios has partnered with the UK’s Factual Fiction on #DorianGray (12 x 30’), a contemporary reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s iconic Gothic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

#DorianGray is billed as a suspenseful ride through the life of a teenager as they construct their identity. With every tweet, #instagram & Tik Tok video, Dorian – whilst navigating complex issues of sex, gender, mental health and consent – produces a version of who they wish they were, rather than who they are. 

Yi Qiao, Director Drama for ZDF Studios, said: “After co-developing the delightful mystery series The Puzzle Lady, it’s an absolute pleasure to be partnering with Factual Fiction again. Taking the theme of this classic book and giving it a modern twist is ingenious and -especially in the age of social media – more current than ever before. I cannot wait to bring this version of Dorian Gray to life.

Tom Dalton, Co-Founder Factual Fiction, added: “If ever there was a novel written for our time it is The Picture of Dorian Gray. Morally agnostic, self-obsessed, terrified of rejection and yet deeply compelling. Exploring this world with brilliant young writer Maiya John, alongside the fantastic creative support of Yi Qiao and ZDF Studios is an immense pleasure.”

Launched in 2020, Factual Fiction is backed by Great Point Media and headed up by founders Emily and Tom Dalton along with co-founders Patrick Irwin and award-winning writer/director Chamoun Issa.

Jon Creamer

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