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Scarlett Johansson said directing Summer Crossing is a dream project

Scarlett Johansson said directing Summer Crossing is a dream project

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Scarlett Johansson said directing Summer Crossing is a dream project

Scarlett Johansson is set to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of a Truman Capote novel.

The Avengers actress will be behind the camera for the first time for a film based on the book Summer Crossing, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Scarlett said: "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, never published and thrown in the bin by the writer, which only surfaced at an auction in 2004.

It tells the story of a 17-year-old debutante who avoids a trip to Paris with her parents in the summer of 1945 to build a relationship with a valet attendant.

The project is now being sold at the Cannes Film Market.

Production on Scarlett's film is expected to start in the first half of 2014.