Cameron Crowe Lines Up 'Beautiful Boy' & Maybe 'Telegraph Avenue'
We've already heard that Cameron Crowe is looking to get behind the camera again with a revamped version of his gestating Deep Tiki project with Emma Stone now lined up to play the lead, but that's not the only directing gig in his future. The Wrap has word that Crowe is looking to adapt Beautiful Boy, based on David Sheff's best-selling memoir of the same name. The book is a chronicle from the established journalist as he deals with his son's addiction to drugs. In addition, the film, which has been in the works for awhile, will also draw from a memoir Sheff's son Nic wrote himself, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.
Here's the official synopsis of Beautiful Boy:
Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.
Crowe is hoping to direct this adaptation after he finishes Deep Tiki (which may or may not be untitled now) at Sony. It's not clear whether Crowe will also write the film himself, but taking into account his past films, and the fact that the book's title comes from a John Lennon song, you can bet it will have a phenomenal soundtrack. He may even get a great musician to compose the score as he had Jonsi from Sigur Ros compose the music for his melodramatic, but charming family film We Bought a Zoo.
Crowe may also be doing some directing work for an HBO film called Telegraph Avenue, based on Michael Chabon's novel, which follows two best friends who own a small record store and have it threatened when a professional athlete announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, where their tiny shop is located. That sounds like the perfect film for Crowe as well. We'll keep you posted as each of these projects develop.