She’s been wowing critics (and attracting a fanboy army) with her work in front of the camera for half of her life. Now, what Natalie Portman really wants to do is direct.
As Variety reports, she’s set to do just that, via her newly minted Handsomecharlie Films imprint, which has just signed a two-year production deal with Participant Productions. From the article:
Banner’s first project is “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” on which Portman plans to make her feature helming debut. Story is based on the bestselling memoir of Amos Oz, with Naomi Foner (“Running on Empty“) in negotiations to adapt the screenplay.
Handsomecharlie’s mission statement, according to the report, is to “develop socially relevant films,” which fits right in with Participant’s focus on, in Variety’s words, “such forward-thinking projects as Syriana, Good Night, and Good Luck, and An Inconvenient Truth.” Portman is quoted as saying:
“We all have the same desire to make meaningful and artistically fulfilling films and are committed to the idea of stories leading to greater empathy and action for world issues.”
In addition to her work behind the scenes, Portman will surface repeatedly on theater screens in the near future — the next few months will see her appearing in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Other Boleyn Girl, and My Blueberry Nights.