Back in March we reported that Cameron Crowe was looking to direct a film based on the novel called We Bought A Zoo, the memoirs of former columnist for the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, Benjamin Mee, that chronicles when he moved his family into a run-down twelve-bedroom mansion in the southwest English countryside, that included the 30-acre Dartmoor Wildlife Park, a dilapidated preserve that was home to 200 wild animals. Today it was made official, Crowe has officially signed on to direct the film. This will be his first film since his 2005 film Elizabethtown.
I'm a big fan of Cameron Crowe's films, the guy has made some classics, and it's great to see him take on a new film project. He's very picky with the film projects he takes on, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he will doing with this story.
Once Crowe knew that this would be his next film he went ahead and took the script by Aline Brosh McKenna (Devil Wears Prada) and started rewriting it to reflect his vision. Crowe is also developing a bio pic about Marivn Gaye.
For those of you who don't know what We Bought A Zoo is about, here is the story synopsis:
In the market for a house and an adventure, Benjamin Mee moved his family to an unlikely new home: a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside. Mee had a dream to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. His friends and colleagues thought he was crazy.
But in 2006, Mee and his wife with their two children, his brother, and his 76-year-old mother moved into the Dartmoor Wildlife Park. Their extended family now included: Solomon, an African lion and scourge of the local golf course; Zak, the rickety Alpha wolf, a broadly benevolent dictator clinging to power; Ronnie, a Brazilian tapir, easily capable of killing a man, but hopelessly soppy; and Sovereign, a jaguar and would-be ninja, who has devised a long term escape plan and implemented it. Nothing was easy, given the family’s lack of experience as zookeepers, and what follows is a magical exploration of the mysteries of the animal kingdom, the power of family, and the triumph of hope over tragedy.
Mee family’s successful efforts at rehabilitating the zoo’s menagerie of ailing beasts was juxtaposed with the steady decline of Mee’s wife, Katherine, who received a terminal-cancer diagnosis.