Scarlett Johansson to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Summer Crossing’

By May 16, 2013

Looks like ScarJo is the latest in a long line of actors to transition from in front of the camera to behind it. Deadline is reporting that the actress will make her feature directorial debut next year with Summer Crossing, an adaptation of the first novel from famed author Truman Capote.

The story follows a 17-year-old girl who opts out of a trip to Paris with her parents to strike up a romantic relationship with a Jewish valet parking attendant during a heat wave in 1945 New York City. Apparently, Capote had never published the novel and threw it in the trash, where it was picked up by a janitor who held onto it until a 2004 auction brought it to the public eye. In a statement, Johansson revealed she’s been working on adapting this story with writer Tristine Skylar (Innocence) for years, so this is a passion project for the multi-talented filmmaker.

No word yet on casting, but that should be an interesting process to watch considering this story needs a strong young actress and Johansson herself started her career as a strong young actress. Seeing who she chooses could hearken the coming of a new major talent, but we’ll have to wait until next year to find out who that will be since that’s when filming gets underway. We’re guessing this will turn out to be a pretty great film, considering Johansson has already directed a segment in the ensemble film New York, I Love You, and she’s learned from some of the best directors in the world: Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, Michael Bay (yep, I said it), and Joss Whedon, just to name a few. Are you interested in seeing what she can do behind the camera? Sound off below and let us know what you think.

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