Natalie Portman Making Her Directorial Debut With A Tale of Love and Darkness
The gorgeous Natalie Portman has just signed a two-year deal with Participant Productions for her newly formed Handsomecharlie Films production company. Her first film is one titled A Tale of Love and Darkness that will also be her feature directorial debut! The film is an adaptation based on the bestselling memoir of Amos Oz, an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist, and professor of literature. Natalie was inspired by Participant's mandate to produce such forward-thinking projects as Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck, and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and thus signed the deal with them.
A Tale of Love and Darkness is a story of clashing cultures and lives, of suffering and perseverance, of love and darkness. Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this extraordinary memoir is at once a great family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. Naomi Foner (Running on Empty, A Dangerous Woman) in negotiations to adapt the screenplay.
Participant president Ricky Strauss spoke about Natalie with some incredibly flattering comments: "She has the heart of an artist and an activist. It just seems like a natural relationship, and we couldn't be more pleased." Although A Tale of Love and Darkness isn't under Participant, I'm certain a number of other great projects will come together through Natalie and Participant. Natalie herself also spoke a bit about her partnership with Participant and her interest in filmmaking.
"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," Portman said.
Okay, I know that just because someone is an actor doesn't mean they'll be great behind the camera, but we've got two great examples of each this year. Sean Penn's Into the Wild was an example of someone who is better acting, and Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone is an example of someone who is better directing. I feel like Natalie is a much more talented person than most actors are on the surface and that she could do well directing. Either I'm just saying that because she's so gorgeous or because I actually believe it from things she's said and done. Either way, I wish her the best luck in directing A Tale of Love and Darkness.