Speak of the broken-down devil. Just a day after I suggested that Cameron Crowe could use a career reboot, it looks like he’s gone out and attempted just that. Mr. Crowe — who hasn’t made a movie since the spectacularly disappointing Elizabethtown in 2005 (a movie, by the by, that I missed a flight to see, and ended up spending the night in an airport hotel outside in the middle of nowhere Arkansas — thanks for nothing, Cameron) — is now eying a project called We Bought a Zoo based on the Benjamin Mee memoir.
It’s not exactly the remake of The Apartment I was hinting at, but it is certainly a different direction for Crowe, who doesn’t usually direct other people’s material (save for adapting Vanilla Sky). He’ll likely be doing a rewrite on this script, too, which comes from The Devil Wears Prada’s scribe, Aline Brosh McKenna.
The story is about a writer who, after the death of his father, has to sell his house and decides to buy a dilapidated mansion that also happens to be on the premises of a run-down 30-acre wildlife park, which is home to about 200 animals. Despite some setbacks (the jaguar escapes during the first week), the family ends up fixing up the place, preventing it from shuttering.
Some in the UK may actually be familiar with the story — it was turned into a four-part series for the BBC called “Ben’s Zoo.” I’d be interested in hearing what those who have seen it thought about it, and if it at least fits Crowe’s sensibilities. Cause I’m a wicked Crowe fanboy.