18 November 2011 9:50 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Yep, she's becoming a director, too, just like Madonna and Angelina Jolie. Variety is reporting that Barry Spikings, Oscar winning producer of The Deer Hunter, is backing and producing the feature directorial debut of actress Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow in The Avengers next summer. She'll be taking on an adaptation of Truman Capote's 40s lost novella Summer Crossing, about an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich, smothering, family to discover her own identity and sexuality. Well, this sounds like an interesting step for Johansson, but she did direct the 2009 short These Vagabond Shoes just before. The news focuses on the project coming together with producers, including executive producer Peter D. Graves in conjunction with the Truman Capote Literary Trust and its trustee Alan Schwartz. Screenwriter and New York playwright Tristine Skyler (Getting to Know You, The Bell Jar) is adapting the Capote novella for Johansson. "Summer »

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