"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 said in a statement. "Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”
"Summer Crossing" is about a 17-year-old debutant who chooses to pursue a romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant rather than travel to Paris with her parents. The story is set in New York during a 1945 heat wave.
The novel was not published during Capote's life because he threw it into the trash, but the manuscript resurfaced at a 2004 auction and was published with the blessing of Capote's former editor.