As you would expect, Scarlett Johansson has hit that “What I Really Want To Do Is Direct” phase in her career. Harder than the actual directing, of course, is finding the right material, the financing and the backing of some studio. Johansson seems to have cleared that hurdle, though–Deadline says that Aldamisa and CAA are shopping international and domestic rights to the project at Cannes.
The material is Truman Capote’s first novel, “Summer Crossing,” which actually wasn’t published in his lifetime. Capote worked on the novel for a number of years in the 1940s, but neither he nor his editor was very satisfied with it. Capote eventually discarded it, but it was apparently rescued from the trash by a house sitter at a Brooklyn Heights apartment where Capote lived for a while. The house sitter’s nephew later found the Capote papers and tried to auction them in 2004 but they didn’t sell. Eventually the New York Public Library bought them and added them to their Capote collection; “Summer Crossing” was published in 2005. [info courtesy of the always reliable Wikipedia]
Tristine Skylar is adapting the novel. Deadline says it is about “A 17-year-old debutant opts out of her parents’ Parisian travels to foster a romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant in the middle of a 1945 summer NYC heat wave.”
Johansson had this to say about the project:
“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. “Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full-length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”