Scarlett Johansson Set to Direct an Adaptation of 'Summer Crossing'
Yep, she's becoming a director, too, just like Madonna and Angelina Jolie. Variety is reporting that Barry Spikings, Oscar winning producer of The Deer Hunter, is backing and producing the feature directorial debut of actress Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow in The Avengers next summer. She'll be taking on an adaptation of Truman Capote's 40s lost novella Summer Crossing, about an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich, smothering, family to discover her own identity and sexuality. Well, this sounds like an interesting step for Johansson, but she did direct the 2009 short These Vagabond Shoes just before.
The news focuses on the project coming together with producers, including executive producer Peter D. Graves in conjunction with the Truman Capote Literary Trust and its trustee Alan Schwartz. Screenwriter and New York playwright Tristine Skyler (Getting to Know You, The Bell Jar) is adapting the Capote novella for Johansson. "Summer Crossing" was written by Capote during the 1940s and then lost for half a century before it was recovered and published. Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved. I'm curious to see if Johansson can truly direct an entire feature, though she's taking on quite the material for first outing. Are you excited or concerned?