The Sony leak hasn’t revealed anything to suggest that Cameron Crowe is a bad guy or anything, but it has revealed that the reception to his Untitled Cameron Crowe project (formerly Deep Tiki, ) has not been good. This movie has been in development for years, dating back to 2006, when Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon were attached to it. We’ve written about it several times over the years, and it always sounds very … strange. The original synopis for the movie is here and it doesn’t sound like the kind of movie you’d associate with Cameron Crowe. It involves a military weapons consultant in Hawaii, and a romance that he develops with a married woman (who has kids) during escalating tensions between China and Russia.
Anyway, the project eventually landed Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams after Stiller and Witherspoon dropped out. Cooper and McAdams probably signed on just because they were fans of Cameron Crowe, which is understandable. Unfortunately, the finished film is not being received well at test screenings, according to Amy Pascal’s emails obtained in the Sony leak (via Defamer).
(The Scott being referred to in the email is producer Scott Rudin).
I am concerned, We Bought a Zoo’s mild reception notwithstanding, that Cameron Crowe is falling prey to the Rob Reiner curse, which would make me incredibly sad.
What’s even sadder is that Cameron Crowe pitched himself as director of the Jobs movie written by Aaron Sorkin, and Amy Pascal didn’t respond to his two emails. That just bums me out. It bums me out even more that I don’t think one of my favorite directors would be up to that task anymore.
On the bright side, however, Cameron Crowe’s Showtime series, Roadies — which does sound like something Crowe would make — just got a huge boost with the casting of Christina Hendricks. The series co-produced by J.J. Abrams has been greenlit by the network, and it’s about a huge rock band as viewed from the perspective of the road crew during a major multi-city tour. So far, it stars Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Hendricks was added today. She will play the band’s production manager who is described as someone who is “married to her job — and scary-good at it.”
That hopefully should ease some of the embarrassment Crowe is probably feeling in the wake of the leaked Sony emails, and get the director of Almost Famous and Say Anything back on track.