Barbra Streisand Returns to Directing With Firth & Blanchett

When you're as talented and in-demand as Barbra Streisand is, it must be pretty difficult to decide just what project you're going to tackle next. And for the last 16 years, Streisand has just been too busy acting, performing and recording albums to return to the director's chair.

Luckily for film fans, though, that hiatus is finally coming to an end, as Showbiz411 is reporting that Streisand will finally step behind the camera again to direct the upcoming drama "Skinny and Cat."

Welcome back, Barbra, it's been far too long.

Described as "an epic love story," "Skinny and Cat" tells the story of the real-life romance between "Tobacco Road" author Erskine Caldwell and famed Life Magazine photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White.

And this isn't going to be just any old biopic; Streisand has already signed on Oscar winners Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett to play the lead roles.

That's no surprise given Streisand's profile and her track record as a director. After all, her first directorial effort, "Yentl," won her a Golden Globe for Best Director, while her second, "Prince of Tides," earned a Best Picture nomination. And her last film, "The Mirror Has Two Faces," earned the legendary Lauren Bacall her only Oscar nomination.

Of course, it will still be awhile before "Skinny and Cat" hits theaters, as Streisand and company won't begin shooting until next January. But after waiting 16 years for the right project to come along, well, a few more months won't hurt.

We figure Babs is worth the wait.