CATEGORIES Drama, Independent, Deals, Scripts, Newsstand, Politics, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalBack in February, Natalie Portman's name started swimming around a project where the actress would make her move from acting to directing in a project based on her birthplace. A Tale of Love and Darkness, from Amos Oz's memoir, will follow the writer's early life in Jerusalem while the Jewish state was coming together. Now Variety reports that she's still looking to make that movie, and will do it under her new banner, Handsomecharlie Films. If you're wondering where on earth that name is coming from, I imagine it's a nod to her dog, who happens to be named Charlie.
The company has also signed a two-year production deal with Participant Films to produce meaty movies. Participant head Ricky Strauss says they're drawn to the actress' interest "in projects that entertain and empower," and Portman says: "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." With such serious topics on the brain, I find it all too funny that she named her company after a compliment about her dog. So this company of hers is going to head up her directorial debut (without Participant), and she's looking to sign Naomi Foner to adapt Oz's memoir -- the writer of Running on Empty, and mom to Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal. As for what films she'll make with Participant, well, we'll have to wait and see.