Marvel's The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson is set to make her directorial debut with Summer Crossing. The project is an adaptation of Truman Capote's first novel, which was never published in his lifetime. It is believed that a janitor recovered the work, and sold it at an auction in 2004, which lead to the novel's posthumous publication. Here's what Scarlett Johansson had to say about the project, and working with screenwriter Tristine Skyler.
Scarlett Johansson to make her directorial debut with Summer Crossing
"Several years ago I began working alongside the Capote
estate and writer Tristine Skyler
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."
The story centers on a privileged 17-year-old girl in 1945, who decides to skip her family's trip to Paris, so she can start up a relationship with a young Jewish valet parking attendant.
Aldamisa is financing, with Sergei Bespalov, Peter D. Graves, and Barry Spikings producing. Production is slated to begin in the first half of 2014.
Summer Crossing comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Eva Gray. The film is directed by Scarlett Johansson.