Natalie Portman to direct     It seems we’ll have another, highly needed female in the director’s chair in Hollywood. From Empire online comes the news that Natalie Portman has signed on to direct A Tale of Love and Darkness. A period film involving basically the birth of Israel revolving around the childhood memoirs of Amos Oz (professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva).

     While I know nothing of the story, this doesn’t sound like the easiest ok pictures to create. Certainly not for a directorial debut. Still, I have a lot of faith in Portman. She’s a tremendous actress (Star Wars not withstanding) and extremely intelligent. I’d very highly anticipate any film she decides to direct. Who knows? Maybe we’ll have another Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) on our hands.

from Empire:

Portman has signed a two-year production deal for her Handmadecharlie Films with Participant Productions. Participant is an outfit dedicated to producing films with social value. They’re behind the likes of Syriana and An Inconvenient Truth.