Cameron Crowe was a big name in the 1990’s. With hit films like Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, he created a name for himself that became synonymous with quality. Then along came Elizabethtown, a rather uninspired drama that has kept him out of the game for five years. Today, Variety reports that he’ll finally make his return to the big screen with 20th Century Fox’s long-delayed dramedy called We Bought A Zoo.
The true story centers on a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. Facing enormous odds, he and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo re-opened. The trade states that the multi-hyphenate Crowe just had his deal finalized by the studio, which will pay him to re-write Aline Brosh McKenna’s adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s memoir. As soon as he finishes his draft, Fox will go out to talent and is looking to land a top-tier male lead.