Scarlett Johansson is set to make her directorial debut with a big screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s first novel “Summer Crossing.” The novel was written by the famed author in the 1940s. Capote eventually cast it aside and it was thought to be lost for over 50 years, but was eventually published in 2005. Her involvement was first announced in 2011 but little has been heard of the project since then.
“Summer Crossing” follows the life of a 17-year-old debutante who gets into a romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant in a 1945 summer heat wave. The young carefree socialite, Grady, must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved.
Johansson recently commented on her adapting the novel saying,
“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. Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full-length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”
Oleg Boyko will produce and finance the film along with Aldamisa’s Sergei Bespalov and Barry Spikings with Peter D. Graves exec. producing and plans to start filming in early 2014.
There is no word yet on who will star in the film adaptation.