In March, we reported that director Cameron Crowe was circling an adaptation of Benjamin Mee memoir We Bought a Zoo. Today, THR reports that Crowe is officially on board to direct what would be his first film since 2005′s Elizabethtown. As predicted, Crowe has begun re-writing Aline Brosh McKenna’s original script. Here’s the story per THR:
“Zoo” tells the true account of how Mee and his family used their life savings to buy a dilapidated zoo, replete with 200 exotic animals facing destruction, in the English countryside. Mee, along with his children, had to balance caring for his wife, who was dying of brain cancer, with dealing with escaped tigers, raising endangered animals, working with an eclectic skeleton crew and readying the zoo for a reopening.
Hit the jump for more on the film.
Since it’s a Cameron Crowe film, I assume the soundtrack will have over 200 songs. I really don’t need Crowe to make me another mix tape. I know he likes music. His biopic of Marvin Gaye also gained some momentum this weekend when it was reported that Terrence Howard was in talks to star in the film. Back to We Bought a Zoo, In the latest issue of Production Weekly [via The Playlist], offers are out to Ben Stiller and Matt Damon to star. No word if they were offered separate roles or the same role.
Fox has set the release date for December 23, 2011. If that date holds, the film will be going up against Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.