After staying out of the director's chair for nearly six years, it appears that Cameron Crowe is finally getting back into his groove. While the noted Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire director has consistently displayed a tendency to pick up - and subsequently drop - projects, his notoriety as a unique writer/director is always worth paying attention to.
Crowe's latest project is Beautiful Boy, based on the non-fiction book of the same name. Along with directing the feature film adaptation, Crowe is looking to write the script, which will reportedly incorporate both Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and a memoir by Nic Sheff titled Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines as its source material.
For those not in the know, A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction follows a David Sheff's experience dealing with his son's addiction, while Tweak is told from the son's perspective. Obviously, Crowe wants to chronicle how the entire family dealt with this serious issue.
Oscar winner Steve Zaillian was originally tasked with writing the Beautiful Boy script, with Paramount producing, but that's no longer the case. The Wrap reports that Crowe's film will now be backed by Plan B and New Regency.
As was mentioned, Crowe has several projects set to either shoot or enter pre-production in the next year, including Deep Tiki with Emma Stone. That project is reported to start shooting in Hawaii as soon as it finds its male lead, but could be placed on the backburner as Crowe adapts Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue' for HBO. Like we said, Crowe is a very busy man.
Since first exploding onto the Hollywood scene with an adaptation of his own novel Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Crowe has consistently been known to deliver films that are as socially conscious as they are heartwarming. His most recent film, We Bought a Zoo, signaled a return to form for the director, and dealt with weighty issues (death and loss) while still retaining a family-friendly sense of humor.
Beautiful Boy's heavy subject matter should make for a more dramatic film, but if there's anyone we'd trust to keep us thinking, laughing, and crying all at the same time it'd be Crowe.
Source: The Wrap