BERLIN – Aldamisa Intl. will launch the first sales at the Berlin European Film Market on “Summer Crossing,” Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut.

First announced at Aldamisa at 2013’s Cannes Festival, “Summer Crossing” is adapts Truman Capote’s first novel, which he never published, about a 17-year-old debutante who passes up on her trip to Paris for a romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant in the New York heat wave of the summer of 1945.

CAA handles U.S. rights. Cast announcements will be made shortly. Originally slated for first-half 2014, production is scheduled for later this year, in New York City.

“I am so excited to bring ‘Summer Crossing’ off the page and onto the screen as my directorial debut,” said Johansson.

“As a story that follows a love story for the lost generation of a post-war America, I feel Truman’s words are more relevant today than ever before.”

Oscar winner Barry Spikings is producing, along with twice nominated Producer, Stacey Sher, Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov and Tessela Production’s Oleg Boyko. Peter Graves, Jason Van Eman and Ben McConley serve as executive producers.

“We are excited and feel extremely privileged to be working with Scarlett on such a classic and emotionally stirring film,” says Bespalov.

“Scarlett’s definitive vision, coupled with Barry and Stacey’s track record for excellence are certainly the ingredients for success.”