Sometimes, the story behind a story is more interesting than the story itself.
Truman Capote is a revered name in the modern history of American literature, whose classics include Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood. The writer’s life and work were celebrated in the 2005 biopic Capote, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman. One piece of Capote’s work has long been attached to a special air of intrigue: his first novel, Summer Crossing, which went unpublished until 2005, over two decades after the author’s death. The novel is now being adapted into a film, and some of the most interesting aspects of this new development surround the evasive source material as well as the director assigned to the project: Scarlett Johansson.
Johansson has established herself as a major screen presence since beginning her acting career in the mid-1990s. She has worked with a wide variety of directors who far exceed “noteworthy”: Woody Allen, Michael Bay, Sofia Coppola, Brian De Palma, Jon Favreau, Christopher Nolan, Robert Redford, and will work under Cameron Crowe in the upcoming We Bought a Zoo. So, perhaps she picked up a thing or two along the way from this cavalcade of filmmakers. At the very least, she picked up the itch.
Summer Crossing will be an interesting debut project for Johansson. The plot revolves around the daughter of an elite socialite Protestant couple who, when left on her own in New York City for the summer, begins dating a working-class Jewish man.