The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Scarlett Johansson plans to make her full-length directorial debut with Summer Crossing, an adaptation of Truman Capote’s lost novella. The story, which is set in post-World War II New York City, follows “an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich, smothering, family to discover her own identity and sexuality.” [via Variety]

2. Emmy Award-winning actor Jim Parsons could be returning to Broadway this spring to star in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey; whether or not he plays Elwood P. Dowd, a man who claims to be friends with a six-foot-tall rabbit, hinges on if he can juggle the gig with his schedule for The Big Bang Theory. [via ArtsBeat]

3. Deadline is exclusively reporting that Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker will be reteaming with director David Fincher on his upcoming remake of 20,000 League Under the Sea.

4. Some exciting news for lit nerds and/or fans of period dramas: Vulture reports that HBO is partnering with the BBC to develop a new mini-series based on Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.

5. Did you realize that standup comedian and former Grace Under Fire star Brett Butler wound up broke and homeless after a long battle with drug addiction? She’s now hoping to have a comeback of sorts with a reality show about her psychic abilities. [via THR]

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