Actress to direct adaptation of Truman Capote novella.

Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson is to make her directorial debut with an indie adaptation of ‘Summer Crossing,’ Truman Capote’s long-lost novella.

Penned by Capote during the 1940s, the story is set in New York “when Gotham was emerging from the trauma of World War II and centers on an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich, smothering, family to discover her own identity and sexuality.”

New York playwright Tristine Skyler will adapt the novella for Johansson. Barry Spikings (‘The Deer Hunter’) will produce, with Peter D. Graves (‘Killer Elite’) and Alan Schwartz of the Truman Capote Literary Trust on board as executive producers.