The news that Barbra Streisand, who came out of film retirement to make the limp comedy “Guilt Trip” with Seth Rogen, will direct again seems a little premature.
“Guilt Trip” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, after all.
It’s not that she’s too old — she turns 71 April 24 — or that it’s been too long since her last directing gig (1996).
It’s not that the subject matter — a 1930s-40s period piece about a love affair involving a famous Life magazine photographer, Margaret Bourke-White, and Southern writer (Erskine Caldwell of “Tobacco Road” and “God’s Little Acre”) — which seems dry and commercially out of step with the times (“Out of Africa” ish). This feels more like an HBO project.
It’s that the slow to move Streisand, who made such a fuss over not making a movie outside of driving range of Malibu, seems as unlikely to get around to making it as her equally meticulous peer, Warren Beatty.
Will she? And how long will it take?