Crowe, the Oscar-winning writer of Almost Famous, hasn't directed film since Elizabethtown way back in 2005 -- and while it hasn't officially been announced that he's helming this one, the guys over at ComingSoon.net have unearthed some interesting details that seem to indicate Crowe will be sitting in the director's chair once filming begins.
The first piece of evidence was yesterday's announcement that the film will open on December 23rd, 2011. This doesn't necessarily mean Crowe would be directing, but setting a release date for the project would seem to indicate that someone has been or is close to being hired for the job. Christmas is where movies with high expectations open and seems a perfect slot for Crowe's first release in six years.
More interesting is a bit the site discovered on Variety. While doing research, they learned that production designer Clay Griffith had signed on to the film, which was listed as "Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo." Again, it doesn't prove anything definitively, but signs seem to be pointing in the direction of Crowe taking on this project.
We Bought a Zoo could be the 2011 version of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. The stories aren't similar, but check out the full title for Mee's tome: We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever. I feel sorry for any poor bastard who has to put that on a theater marquee ...