Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2 Starts Shooting This Year, Elisabeth Moss Returns 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2 Starts Shooting This Year, Elisabeth Moss Returns Watch: Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis’ Penned Teen Horror ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ With Bella Heathcote Watch: Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis’ Penned Teen Horror ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ With Bella Heathcote Watch: Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Most Beautiful Movies Of All Time Watch: Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Most Beautiful Movies Of All Time Watch: Bond Is Back In New Trailer For 'Spectre' With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, And More Watch: Bond Is Back In New Trailer For 'Spectre' With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, And More Alejandro González Iñárritu Still Has To Shoot The Finale Of 'The Revenant' Alejandro González Iñárritu Still Has To Shoot The Finale Of 'The Revenant' The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film" Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film" All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie Martin Scorsese Names His 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time Martin Scorsese Names His 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time

Cameron Crowe Eyes Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue' For HBO; 'Beautiful Boy' Goes Next After 'Deep Tiki'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 25, 2012 at 8:44AM

You might have forgotten, but in 2011 Cameron Crowe dropped three movies after being absent from the big screen for six years: the Matt Damon dramedy "We Bought a Zoo" and two music documentaries, "The Union" and "Pearl Jam Twenty." And heading into 2012, he isn't slowing down one bit. At the end of last month, his once-aborted romantic comedy "Deep Tiki" came back to life over at Sony with Emma Stone attached, and now he's got two more projects brewing that he'll tackle once that picture is in the can.
1
Cameron Crowe Telegraph Avenue

You might have forgotten, but in 2011 Cameron Crowe dropped three movies after being absent from the big screen for six years: the Matt Damon dramedy "We Bought a Zoo" and two music documentaries, "The Union" and "Pearl Jam Twenty." And heading into 2012, he isn't slowing down one bit. At the end of last month, his once-aborted romantic comedy "Deep Tiki" came back to life over at Sony with Emma Stone attached, and now he's got two more projects brewing that he'll tackle once that picture is in the can.

The Wrap reveals that the drug addiction memoir "Beautiful Boy" is being prepped as Crowe's followup effort to "Deep Tiki." This one has been in the works for a while as well, and in early 2011 it was reported that Crowe's adapation of David Sheff's memoir -- which chronicled his son's meth addiction -- was rejected by Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle due to the fact that Sheff apparently didn't like the way he was portrayed. Well, whatever may or may not have happened at Plan B or with Sheff, it's now moving along.

Paramount has dropped out, but Plan B is still on board with Crowe writing and directing, not only tackling "Beautiful Boy" but rolling in the experiences from "Tweak," Nic Sheff's memoir from his perspective about his own battle with drugs. It's undoubtedly a shift into some heavier dramatic territory for Crowe, but it's also exciting as well. Music heads likely already know the title refers to the song John Lennon wrote for his son Sean in 1980. Sheff says he was inspired to have his own family after interviewing the Beatle; it was Lennon's last interview before he was assassinated.

And as you usually can't talk Crowe without music, it should be no surprise that he's being courted to adapt Michael Chabon's upcoming novel, "Telegraph Avenue," for HBO. It's kind of a no-brainer. Set in the summer of 2004 against the backdrop of the Bush/Kerry elections, the story follows two pals, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe, who run Brokeland Records specializing in vinyl and find their enterprise threatened by a big box chain opening down the street. If this isn't perfectly suited to Crowe's wheelhouse, we don't know what is. And certainly, with the music industry in free fall at the time, there are a lot interesting ingredients that could make for a killer HBO show or movie. It's not yet confirmed if he'll tackle this, but we hope he does.

All of which is to say, lots of Crowe on the horizon and we're glad it won't be another six-year wait for a film.

This article is related to: Cameron Crowe, Beautiful Boy, Telegraph Avenue, HBO , Television, TV News


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates