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Cannes: Scarlett Johansson to Direct Adaptation of Truman Capote's Near-Lost Novel 'Summer Crossing'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 16, 2013 at 12:42PM

Scarlett Johansson has signed on to helm an adaptation of Truman Capote's near-lost novel "Summer Crossing," which centers on a teenage debutante who falls in love with and pursues a Jewish parking attendant instead of traveling to Paris in the summer of 1945. This will be Johansson's first feature as a director.
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Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson has signed on to helm an adaptation of Truman Capote's near-lost novel "Summer Crossing," which centers on a teenage debutante who falls in love with and pursues a Jewish parking attendant instead of traveling to Paris in the summer of 1945. This will be Johansson's first feature as a director.

"Summer Crossing" was never published by Capote himself, who scrapped the manuscript altogether. But a janitor in his building salvaged it from the trash bins, and in 2004 the work appeared for auction and was published.

Oleg Boyko ("Sin City: A Dame to Kill For") is set to produce, with Aldamisa Entertainment shopping the film at Cannes. (Johansson recently became attached to Aldamisa title "Chef," to be directed by Jon Favreau.)

Johansson has previously directed short film "These Vagabond Shoes," starring Kevin Bacon, which was made available as a bonus to 2009's anthology "New York, I Love You." Watch below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.