Scarlett Johansson to Make Directing Debut with SUMMER CROSSING May 17, 2013 Johansson to tackle Capote novel. Scarlett Johansson is set to step behind the camera for a film adaptation of the lost Truman Capote novel, ‘Summer Crossing,’ reports Variety. The book is set in the summer of 1945 and centres on Grady McNeil, a 17-year-old debutante who decides to spend the summer with her Jewish valet parking attendant boyfriend instead of traveling through Paris with her parents. In a statement, Johansson said of the project: ”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. Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.” ‘Summer Crossing’ was Capote’s first novel, but went unpublished until 2005. It is thought that the best-selling author was unhappy with the book and cast it aside. The manuscript – long thought to have been destroyed by Capote – was later recovered from the trash by the house sitter of an apartment in Brooklyn Heights, where Capote lived around 1950.