Trade Breaks: Portman, District, Lio

“Natalie Portman will make her feature directing debut on an adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir “A Tale of Love and Darkness” for Participant Productions. Naomi Foner (“Running on Empty”) is in negotiations to adapt the screenplay…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures has acquired English-language territory (including US) distribution for Peter Jackson’s upcoming sci-fi production, “District 9,” which will be directed by Neill Blomkamp. Production begins this spring in South Africa…” (full details)

“Producer David Kirschner and Universal Press Syndicate will turn macabre comicstrip “Lio” into a live-action feature. Created by Mark Tatulli, the strip revolves around an odd, spiky-haired kid with a coterie of creepy friends, including a giant squid and the grim reaper…” (full details)