Scarlett Johansson to make directorial debut with Truman Capote adaptation

Actress will bring Capote's first novel 'Summer Crossing' to the big screen

Scarlett Johansson is to make her directorial debut with a big screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s first novel Summer Crossing.

“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,” Johansson announced at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday (May 16). “Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full-length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”

Capote wrote the novel in the early 1940s but, unhappy with how it turned out, chose to throw the papers away. Over 50 years later, the manuscript was discovered and auctioned off, leading to Summer Crossing finally being published in 2005.

The plot follows a 17-year-old upper class debutante called Grady who enters into a relationship with a lowly parking valet when her parents travel to Paris in the summer of 1945. Casting has yet to be announced but Johansson is due to begin shooting next year (2014), Deadline reports.

Meanwhile, Johansson has recently lined up another job in front of the camera. She’s signed up to reunite with her Iron Man 2 co-star Robert Downey Jr on Chef, an indie comedy that begins filming in LA this summer (2013).