Cannes: Scarlett Johansson to Make Directorial Debut

Rachel Abrams
VarietyMay 16, 2013

Scarlett Johansson has signed up to direct her first feature, a film adaptation of the Truman Capote’s nearly-lost novel “Summer Crossing.”

Aldamisa will produce and shop the pic at Cannes. Aldamisa is also shopping Jon Favreau’s “Chef” in which Johansson just signed up to co-star.

Adaptation is based on Capote’s novel by the same name, which follows a 17-year-old Debutant who decides to pursue romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant instead of traveling through Paris during a 1945 summer heat wave in New York.

Capote never published “Summer Crossing.” In fact, he trashed the manuscript altogether, and it was only salvaged after a janitor in his building fished discovered it. The pages resurfaced in a 2004 auction and was later published.

“Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For 3D” producer Oleg Boyko will finance along with Aldamisa. Boyko will produce, along with Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov and Barry Spikings.

Peter D. Graves will exec produce, with production set to start in the first half of next year.


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