Actress and filmmaker Elaine May has only directed four films in her life – 1971’s “A New Leaf,” 1972’s “The Heartbreak Kid,” 1976’s “Mikey and Nicky” and 1987’s “Ishtar”. When that last film became one of the biggest box-office bombs ever released, it sadly resulted in May not helming a film in over thirty years.
She did helm a TV documentary and wrote with her longtime collaborator Mike Nichols on a few projects that didn’t go forward before his passing, and now the 87-year-old May is finally ready to get back behind the camera for a new feature.
Titled “Crackpot,” Dakota Johnson will star in the project with Deadline reporting the news buried deep within a long-winded piece about the launch of “The Irishman” and the start of the awards season. Johnson is coming off “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” “Wounds,” the upcoming “The Friend” and the just-wrapped “Covers from Late Night”.