Scarlett Johansson to Make Directorial Debut with 'Summer Crossing'

May 16, 2013
Source: Variety

Scarlett Johansson

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?

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Hot Actress , Tough Choice She seems softer than to be a director (even in her Black Widow Form)... i think gordon levitt affects her

Ehsan Davodi on May 16, 2013


I have seen nothing in her performances to suggest she would be a good director.....said the same thing about Ben Affleck so who knows.

Brian Sleider on May 16, 2013


I think that if I were a writer and I threw something away and it got published anyways I'd be pretty pissed. Capote threw it away for a reason and it seems disrespectful to not honor his wish. Maybe he didn't want to be remembered by something he felt was sub-par to his previous work.

Matt Peloquin on May 16, 2013


I hope she gets someone good to play the guy. There are a lot of good young Jewish actors she can choose from, Gordon-Levitt, James Wolk, Logan Lerman, Andrew Garfield, etc.

oler on May 16, 2013


Hey when you have as much money as she does, you gotta do something with it.

zey on May 17, 2013


scarlet jhonson will direct a movie on Jun 20, 2013

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