April 2, 2010

Cameron Crowe finally picks a new project...

...potentially, at least. Here's the story from New York Magazine:

Vulture has learned that Cameron Crowe, who hasn’t directed a film since 2005’s Elizabethtown, is circling a script based on the best-selling Benjamin Mee memoir We Bought a Zoo. Back in 2006, Mee — then the do-it-yourself columnist for the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper — moved into a run-down twelve-bedroom mansion in the southwest English countryside with his wife, two children, brother, and 76-year-old mother. The catch? Their old manse also included the 30-acre Dartmoor Wildlife Park, a dilapidated preserve that was home to 200 wild animals. Poignantly, the Mee family’s successful efforts at rehabilitating the zoo’s menagerie of ailing beasts was juxtaposed with the steady decline of Mee’s wife, Katherine, who received a terminal-cancer diagnosis.

From what we hear, Zoo already had a great script from Oscar-nominated Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna. But if he signs on, Crowe will be doing a little rewriting before directing it, presumably to insert dialogue that zookeepers will repeat for the rest of their lives, much as any high-school student from the late eighties continues to quote “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”

-Cameron is one of my absolute favorite filmmakers, so suffice to say, I'm in...thoughts?


  1. YAY!!

    Oh god i've missed him and he needs to make up for Elizabethtown (and for that matter Vanilla Sky) even if, as always, it came with a solid soundtrack.

    I think i'll rewatch Almost Famous and Say Anything sometime soon, and maybe see Singles for the first time.

  2. I'm in the minority of loving both of those films, though I know some people dig on Vanilla Sky. I'm likely the only person (especially in terms of film critics) who fell in love with Elizabethtown.

  3. Singles is also a very good film, if a weaker link in his oeuvre...

  4. Elizabethtown wasn't horrible, but the casting of Orlando Bloom really killed it for me, I just find him irritating. Vanilla Sky was an amazing movie in my mind, though a lot of people do seem to dislike it for some reason. I'd rather see him direct his own material, but the subject matter does seem very interesting.

  5. They both worked for me, but then again, that's just me.

    As for this, he's re-writing it, so I'm sure it'll have his "feel" to it...