Babs Is Back: Barbra Streisand to Direct First Film in 20 Years


Well, here’s one piece of movie news that’s like buttah: Barbra Streisand is set to direct her first feature film in two decades.

THR reports Streisand will direct Catherine the Great, a dramatic biopic focusing on the Russian empress’s rise to power. The script, which topped the 2014 “Black List” of best unproduced screenplays, is written by Kristina Lauren Anderson; it will be her first produced script.

Streisand made her directorial debut in 1983 (after producing her films A Star is Born and The Main Event) with Yentl, which she also produced, co-wrote, and acted in. She won that year’s Golden Globe for Best Director. She next directed 1991’s The Prince of Tides, which netted seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. But her third directorial effort, the 1996 romantic comedy The Mirror Has Two Faces, was met with mediocre reviews and box office, and her only directorial credits since have been for a pair of television concert specials.