Scarlett Johansson is to make her directorial debut on the Truman Capote adaptation Summer Crossing. Aldamisa will produce and launch international sales on the Croisette while CAA represents US sales.

The film follows a 17-year-old debutante who opts out of her parents’ Parisian travels to foster a romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant during a 1945 New York heatwave. The producers have targeted a start of production in the first half of 2014

Summer Crossing was Capote’s first novel but was never published in his lifetime after the author threw it away. It is believed a janitor salvaged the book and it eventually sold at auction in 2004 and was published posthumously.

“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,” said Johansson. “Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”

Aldamisa co-finances with Oleg Boyko, a producer on Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 3D who will produce Summer Crossing with Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov and Barry Spikings. Peter D Graves serves as executive producer.

Earlier in the week Johansson joined the cast on Aldamisa International sales title, Chef.