Cannes: Scarlett Johansson to Make Directorial Debut

Scarlett Johansson will make her directorial debut with “Summer Crossing,” Truman Capote’s first novel.  Johansson, nominated three times for a Golden Globe as an actress, has previously directed a short, “These Vagabond Shoes.”

Capote wrote “Summer Crossing” in the 1940s, but it was thought to be lost for more than 50 years before being rediscovered at an auction in 2004 and later published. The novel chronicles a 17-year old girl who stays behind in New York as her parents go off to Paris. She takes up with a Jewish parking attendant during a brutishly hot summer.

“Several years ago I began working alongside the Capote estate and writer Tristine Skylar to adapt ‘Summer Crossing’, an inspired early work of Truman’s which has long captured my heart,” Johansson said in a statement. “Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”

Aldamisa, which is shopping the international distribution rights to the film, will co-finance it with Oleg Boyko, Boyko will also produce the film with Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov and Oscar winner Barry Spikings. CAA, which reps Johansson, will handle domestic sales.

Production is set for early 2014.

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