Tuesday, 18 May 2010

He's back

After a break of five years, since 2005's Elizabethtown, Cameron Crowe will soon be back behind the camera, writing and directing an adaptation of Benjamin Mee's memoir We Bought A Zoo.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Crowe will rewrite Aline Brosh McKenna's script, while Fox has the film down to open on December 23, 2011.

Can. Not. Wait.


J.D. said...

Let's hope Crowe can get back some of his mojo. ELIZABETHTOWN was horribly miscast (the two lead actors). But I am looking forward to the Marvin Gaye biopic he's reportedly been working on for years.

Stram said...

I loved his "Almost Famous" movie. Havn't seen Elizabethtown, the review in France were not that good!... I might check it out sometimes!

Mark Salisbury said...

@ Stram

If you've only seen Almost Famous, then might I suggest you get yourself straight to your local DVD shop and watch Say Anything, Singles and Jerry Maguire immediately.

Then, when you have time, you can catch up with Vanilla Sky and Elizabethtown. But the first three are essential viewing.

@ Stram

Re: that Marvin Gaye biopic — I wish he'd hurry up and make it. Also waiting on his Pearl Jam doc.

Hal Gracie said...

ELIZABETHTOWN does indeed suffer from two (imho) awful leads. But it's worth noting that they both give career best performances for Crowe nonetheless.

Mark Salisbury said...

@ Hal

Hello and welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

I'm not much of a fan of Orlando Bloom but I thought he was good in the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven, too.

Hal Gracie said...

Hi Mark,

It's a fab site this, many thanks. Discovered it by accident.

Saw the Tim Burton exhibit at Moma, came back to London, watched all Tim's films again back to back, looked online to see if there was a better book on TB's art than the thin one sold at Moma, went to Forbidden Planet to get The Art of Tim Burton, it was sold out, bloke said 'but we do have a book on Alice, and the Sweeney Todd book's now on sale', bought the Sweeney Todd book, enjoyed it, wondered if it was the same Mark Salisbury wot wrote the Comics Scripting book I own, checked online, it was, looked for a review of the Alice book before splashing out 30 big ones, and found this fabulous blog!

Consider me a regular from now on! I'll enjoy looking through the older posts, and will pick up the other books too. Yeah, even the one on Planet of the Apes (didn't care for the movie one bit). Charlie & The Chocolate Factory seems to be the only Burton film in the last decade that you haven't had an accompanying book for. Am I just not seeing it anywhere, or is that the case?

Mark Salisbury said...

Very pleased to have you onboard Hal.

And glad you enjoyed the Sweeney book.

I didn't do one for Charlie. I remember the idea being mooted during filming, but I don't remember why it didn't happen. Although I did write one for Corpse Bride which is still available, along with Apes.

And in case you're interested, I also did a "sequel" to the Comic Scriptwriting book that is, inevitably, about Comic Artists.

Hal Gracie said...

Many thanks for the info. I will check out the Corpse Bride book too (and at least there's a section on Charlie in the last Burton on Burton release).

Read Sweeney Todd last night, with the film in the background. It put one doubt to rest at least. I'm no Sondheim expert, and read that Elfman had nothing to do with the film at all. And yet... I could hear Elfman in there, and thought there was some conspiracy with Sondheim allowing Burton to do the film but with a 'strictly no Elfman clause', only for Danny to sneakily orchestrate it anyway.

But the mention in the book that Sondheim was channelling Bernard Herrmann answers all my doubts, so I can drop the conspiracy theory. It didn't sound Elfmanesque, it sounded Herrmannesque! There's just such a thin line between the two sometimes.