Friday, 17 May 2013

The jump from acting to directing is pretty common now days in cinema. Recently the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made the leap from starring in such films as The Dark Knight Rises and Looper, to direct his first feature film, Don Jon. And everyone's favourite Ryan Gosling is soon to direct his first feature film, How to catch a Monster. And now Avengers Assemble star, Scarlett Johansson can join the ranks of actors turned directors. Johansson has been looking to direct her own film for a while now, with rumors that date back two years ago and now it has been confirmed that Johansson is set to adapt Truman Capote's Summer Crossing. Production company Aldamisa Entertainment, who are releasing the sequel to Sin City this year, spoke about funding the project at the Cannes Film Festival this week. 

Summer crossing is Capote's first novel, written in the 1940s, centering around a middle-class New York teenager left at home over the summer while their parents are on holiday in France. With all the freedom she could hope for, she falls for a Jewish parking attendant who she sets out to marry. As you would expect class division and society's expectations gets between the young couple. Published in 2005, after Capote claimed to have destroyed the book but Capote's early writing was saved from destruction. In interview Johansson expressed her excitement for the project, saying: “Several years ago," says Johnansson, "I began working alongside the Capote estate and writer Tristine Skyler 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.” Production is set for early 2014, it is unsure whether Johansson will star in front of the camera as well as behind.

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