Cameron Crowe May Direct Adaptation of 'We Bought a Zoo'
It's pretty crazy to think that it's been five years since Cameron Crowe last sat in the director's chair, and that was for the rather average film Elizabethtown. While we've heard rumblings about his next project, I've been wondering when the guy would make a return. Now we can toss another project into the mix that might bring him back into the spotlight as NY Mag's Vulture reports that Crowe is very interested in an adaptation of We Bought a Zoo, a memoir from Benjamin Mee about his own family who bought a rundown mansion in the English countryside which included the 30-acre Dartmoor Wildlife Park, home to over 200 animals.
That's right. Mee, a columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper, moved his wife, two children, brother and 76-year-old mother right into a big zoo. While the family successfully rehabilitated the zoo and its animal inhabitants, Mee's wife, Katherine, began a steady decline in heath due to terminal cancer, which is the real emotional and moving part of the story. That kind of powerful emotion and juxtaposing stories sounds like it's right up Crowe's alley. Written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses), the script will get a bit of a re-write from Crowe himself before he starts directing anything. And since Almost Famous is one of my favorite movies of the past decade, I can't wait to see Crowe back in the director's chair again!