Scarlett Johansson has signed on to helm an adaptation of Truman Capote’s near-lost novel “Summer Crossing,” which centers on a teenage debutante who falls in love with and pursues a Jewish parking attendant instead of traveling to Paris in the summer of 1945. This will be Johansson’s first feature as a director.
“Summer Crossing” was never published by Capote himself, who scrapped the manuscript altogether. But a janitor in his building salvaged it from the trash bins, and in 2004 the work appeared for auction and was published.
Oleg Boyko (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”) is set to produce, with Aldamisa Entertainment shopping the film at Cannes. (Johansson recently became attached to Aldamisa title “Chef,” to be directed by Jon Favreau.)
Johansson has previously directed short film “These Vagabond Shoes,” starring Kevin Bacon, which was made available as a bonus to 2009’s anthology “New York, I Love You.” Watch below.