Cannes: Scarlett Johansson to Make Directorial Debut With 'Summer Crossing'

3:42 AM PST 05/16/2013 by Rebecca Ford
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Aldamisa is selling international rights for the adaptation of the Truman Capote novel at the market.

Scarlett Johansson will make her directorial debut with the film adaptation of the Truman Capote novel Summer Crossing.

Aldamisa announced on May 16 that it will be selling the project to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market, while CAA will handle the U.S. sale.

Based on Capote’s long-lost first novel of the same name, the film follows a 17-year-old debutante who, during the summer of 1945, skips a Parisian trip with her parents to build a relationship with a valet attendant.

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“Several years ago I began working alongside the Capote estate and writer Tristine Skylar to adapt Summer Crossing, an inspired early work of Truman's which has long captured my heart,” said Johansson. “Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full-length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”

Capote’s first novel was lost for many years, as the prolific author never published it and had thrown it into the garbage for disposal. It surfaced at an auction in 2004, and was published with the blessing of Capote’s former editor.

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Oleg Boyko, who is also a producer on Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill for 3D, and Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov will serve as producers on the film, along with producer Barry Spikings. Peter D. Graves will executive produce. Production is slated to start in the first half of 2014.

Aldamisa is also shopping Jon Favreau’s Chef, which will co-star Johansson, at the market.

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