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Cameron Crowe signs to direct Zoo

05.18.2010

I love Cameron Crowe. And after making movies like SAY ANYTHING, ALMOST FAMOUS and JERRY MAGUIRE, you should too. Sadly though, Hollywood has a short memory and Crowe's last two films were VANILLA SKY and ELIZABETHTOWN, two movies that were disappointments both critically and commercially. Crowe hasn't made a movie since 2005 and though he came close with DEEP TIKI, a script he wrote for Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon last year, the project wound up falling apart. But now Crowe has sealed a deal to write and direct his first film since ELIZABETHTOWN.

Crowe will direct WE BOUGHT A ZOO, a film based on the memoirs of Benjamin Mee. The film follows a man and his family who buy a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside with hopes of refurbishing it. While that may seem something more family-friendly than Crowe has ever attempted in the past, it does have an emotional core as Mee struggles to deal with the zoo and his wife, who is dying from glioblastoma.

The original script was written by Aline Brosh McKenna but Crowe did a complete rewrite once he signed on to the film (unclear if McKenna will still get a writing credit). The film already has a December 23, 2011 release date and Fox is currently searching for an A-list actor to star as Mee in the film. (I know it'll never happen but this is the kind of movie I'd love to see Johnny Depp make...)

Extra Tidbit: Crowe has been working on a documentary about Pearl Jam and their 20th anniversary.
Source: THR

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4:10PM on 05/19/2010
for a second there, i thought this was going to end up being an article on a remake of the greenaway film... that would've been so uncalled-for.
for a second there, i thought this was going to end up being an article on a remake of the greenaway film... that would've been so uncalled-for.
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2:00AM on 05/19/2010
YES!!!!!!!! Cruise for the lead would be sick. Hey, him and Crowe are practically a team. I hope Crowe goes after Cruise for this. This could also mean an Oscar for Cruise or maybe both.
YES!!!!!!!! Cruise for the lead would be sick. Hey, him and Crowe are practically a team. I hope Crowe goes after Cruise for this. This could also mean an Oscar for Cruise or maybe both.
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12:13AM on 05/19/2010

Always liked Cameron Crowe . . .

so I'll give this a tentative thumbs-up. But I hope he takes his time and makes this a good one. And yes, I'd love to see the Pearl Jam film.
so I'll give this a tentative thumbs-up. But I hope he takes his time and makes this a good one. And yes, I'd love to see the Pearl Jam film.
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2:38PM on 05/18/2010

Always liked Cameron Crowe . . .

so I'll give this a tentative thumbs-up. But I hope he takes his time and makes this a good one. And yes, I'd love to see the Pearl Jam film.
so I'll give this a tentative thumbs-up. But I hope he takes his time and makes this a good one. And yes, I'd love to see the Pearl Jam film.
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2:13PM on 05/18/2010
Vanilla Sky was out of his element, but I still dug it. Elizabethtown was an unfortunate beast, it was like somebody else was trying to make a Crowe film. That said, I welcome back Crowe with open arms.
Vanilla Sky was out of his element, but I still dug it. Elizabethtown was an unfortunate beast, it was like somebody else was trying to make a Crowe film. That said, I welcome back Crowe with open arms.
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11:42AM on 05/18/2010
Vanilla Sky is one of the best movies ever made. The story is so off the wall but the actor's performances really ground the film in reality. Whenever anyone bashes Tom Cruise as an actor I show them this film and Magnolia to set them straight.
Vanilla Sky is one of the best movies ever made. The story is so off the wall but the actor's performances really ground the film in reality. Whenever anyone bashes Tom Cruise as an actor I show them this film and Magnolia to set them straight.
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11:53AM on 05/18/2010
if they continue to doubt, show them the Color of Money then smack them with a pool cue.
if they continue to doubt, show them the Color of Money then smack them with a pool cue.
6:44PM on 05/18/2010
You get a thumbs up for both the comment and that profile picture.
You get a thumbs up for both the comment and that profile picture.
2:02AM on 05/19/2010
Vanilla Sky is my favorite film of ALL TIME. I've seen it well over 5,000 times. So many hidden clues in that film. It's a fucking MASTERPIECE.
Vanilla Sky is my favorite film of ALL TIME. I've seen it well over 5,000 times. So many hidden clues in that film. It's a fucking MASTERPIECE.
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11:15AM on 05/18/2010
i picture Robin Williams fro m that plot description.
i picture Robin Williams fro m that plot description.
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11:00AM on 05/18/2010

The_Soloist is on to something..

Jeremy Renner. I would love to see him in a Cameron Crowe movie. I have this weird but good feeling that Jeremy and Cameron could become a Scorsese/DiCaprio like pair. Oh please please read this casting director!
Jeremy Renner. I would love to see him in a Cameron Crowe movie. I have this weird but good feeling that Jeremy and Cameron could become a Scorsese/DiCaprio like pair. Oh please please read this casting director!
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10:52AM on 05/18/2010
cue poignant classic pop song for lead actors to sing along with in 3...2... 1...
cue poignant classic pop song for lead actors to sing along with in 3...2... 1...
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10:33AM on 05/18/2010
I am a huge fan of Cameron Crowe and love all of his movies, Say Anything being my favorite. Elizabethtown and Vanilla Sky were good movies and underrated. This movie sounds interesting as well and will probablt be very emotional and have a great soundtrack. It would be something cool for Depp to be in but probably won't. How bout John Cusack or possibly Jeremy Renner for the lead?
I am a huge fan of Cameron Crowe and love all of his movies, Say Anything being my favorite. Elizabethtown and Vanilla Sky were good movies and underrated. This movie sounds interesting as well and will probablt be very emotional and have a great soundtrack. It would be something cool for Depp to be in but probably won't. How bout John Cusack or possibly Jeremy Renner for the lead?
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