Everett To Chronicle Wilde's Later Life
British actor Rupert Everett is working on a movie project which will bring author Oscar Wilde's later life to the big screen for the first time. The MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING star is keen to focus on Wilde's exploits after he was released from prison in 1897 - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST was found guilty two years earlier (1895) of engaging in homosexual acts with LORD ALFRED DOUGLAS. Previous films have always charted Wilde up until his trial, and have largely ignored the last three years of his life before his death in 1900, aged 46. Everett says, "I want to make a film about him from the time he came out of prison until his death. "Every film made about him has taken him through the Cafe Royale days to his trial, but his trial, to me, is the most revealing time of his life. "After his release, Wilde travels to Napes, Paris and all around Europe. He was the last of the great vagabonds - this syphilitic hobbling man who sat drunk in the corners of nightclubs. I can identify with that."