After delighting the masses with stories of his Rolling Stone youth in Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe hasn't had the easiest go of things. Vanilla Sky offered a stranger spin on Alejandro Amenabar's Abre los ojos, but that didn't go over too well, even with Jerry Maguire's Tom Cruise in the driver's seat. Then there was Elizabethtown, which barely made back its production budget. Now, five years later, Crowe seems to be gearing up for his next narrative, and the big question is: Can wild animals bring him back to the same of Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, and Almost Famous?

According to Vulture, Crowe is interested in a script based on the bestseller We Bought a Zoo. Scribe Benjamin Mee had been a DIY writer for the Guardian when he moved to a run-down mansion in the countryside, one that included a 30-acre wildlife park with 200 wild animals. Run-down palaces and a horde of wild animals sounds like prime silly fare a la Hotel for Dogs or Night at the Museum, and not really on Crowe's interpersonal wavelength, but there's a twist -- the experience was "juxtaposed with the steady decline of Mee's wife, Katherine, who received a terminal-cancer diagnosis."

Aline Brosh McKenna, who scored an Oscar nod for The Devil Wears Prada, has adapted the book, which has been getting good feedback, so now it all depends on what Crowe can do. I'm rooting for him. It's rough to see a filmmaker move from four classic and loved features to a steady decline of interest. How about you?