Scarlett Johansson to Make Directorial Debut with 'Summer Crossing'
Just yesterday news surfaced that Scarlett Johansson would reunite with her Iron Man 2 star Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau for the latter's indie project Chef (though the title may change due to another project with the same title). Now the actress is heading into a new part of her career behind the camera. Variety reports Johansson has signed on to direct an adaptation of Summer Crossing, the first novel by Truman Capote, which was actually considered "lost" for over 50 years before it was published in 2005. The film is on sale at Cannes from Aldamisa, the same company that's handling Favreau's project.
Capote's novel (which was only salvaged after a janitor fished a trashed manuscript out of the trash) is described briefly with this synopsis: "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." Grady's romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant actually ends up taking precedent over traveling through Paris, so it must be pretty promising. It doesn't sound like Johansson will star like some actors turned directors, but perhaps that's better so she can concentrate on her debut behind the camera by itself. Anyone interested?