One of the things I (and I think many other people) love about Cameron Crowe‘s films is how warm and optimistic they tend to be. And his latest directorial effort, We Bought a Zoo, clearly won’t be any different in that regard. Based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, the drama stars Matt Damon as a single dad who moves his family to a run-down zoo. As they work to restore the park, they encounter all sorts of lovably offbeat characters and heartwarming life lessons along the way.

But when the first trailer hit earlier this fall, I worried that perhaps Crowe had gone too far into “sweet” this time, crossing right over into “saccharine.” Happily, the new international trailer strikes a much better balance, managing to be uplifting without being groanworthy about it. Watch it after the jump.

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Cameron Crowe Might Direct We Bought A Zoo

Cameron Crowe might director We Bought a Zoo

Almost Famous is one of my favorite movies of all time, and Cameron Crowe used to be one of my favorite writer/directors. It is not that the filmmaker had a huge fall from grace — I actually liked Elizabethtown more than most, despite Orlando Bloom’s best efforts. It’s that the filmmkaer is starting to become a distant memory. Aside 2005′s Elizabethtown, which many would like to forget, and the filmmaker’s few second cameo as a bus passenger in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, Crowe hasn’t been on the big screen since 2001′s Open Your Eyes remake Vanilla Sky. For those who don’t know, or maybe have forgotten, Crowe lived/wrote the book/screenplay for Fast Times at Ridgemont High, made his directorial debut with the 1980′s classic Say Anything…, Singles, and Jerry Maguire, which was nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture.

For the past few years, Crowe has been trying to get his tropical romantic comedy Deep Tiki into production, but scheduling conflicts with the signed stars Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon (read about the plot here) keep pushing and pushing it back. Frankly, it never sounded too exciting to me — kind of like a modern day Joe and the Volcano, which I didn’t like the first time around.

Vulture now has word that Crowe is interested in stepping back into the director’s chair for a big screen adaptation of Benjamin Mee‘s best-selling memoir We Bought a Zoo. Actually, the full title of the book is “We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever”. The 304-page book tells the remarkable true story of a family who move into a rundown zoo. Details after the jump.
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