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As the nation continues to be gripped by financial trouble, tales of unemployment woes are all too familiar, even in Hollywood. Consider, for instance, the sad case of Cameron Crowe: Despite being considered one of America's top directors thanks to movies like 'Jerry Maguire' and 'Almost Famous,' Crowe hasn't made a film in five long years. That, however is finally about to change.

Yes, according to Variety, Crowe is officially off the dole thanks to Fox, which has agreed to let Crowe direct its latest project, 'We Bought a Zoo.' Okay, we kid: Crowe, of course, has had plenty of job opportunities since he wrapped 'Elizabethtown' back in 2005 but until now hadn't found the right project to make his return to the cineplex. As the nation continues to be gripped by financial trouble, tales of unemployment woes are all too familiar, even in Hollywood. Consider, for instance, the sad case of Cameron Crowe: Despite being considered one of America's top directors thanks to movies like 'Jerry Maguire' and 'Almost Famous,' Crowe hasn't made a film in five long years. That, however is finally about to change.

Yes, according to Variety, Crowe is officially off the dole thanks to Fox, which has agreed to let Crowe direct its latest project, 'We Bought a Zoo.' Okay, we kid: Crowe, of course, has had plenty of job opportunities since he wrapped 'Elizabethtown' back in 2005 but until now hadn't found the right project to make his return to the cineplex.

Now it appears 'Zoo' is that project. Based on a true story from writer-turned-zookeeper Benjamin Mee, 'We Bought A Zoo' tells the story of Mee's seemingly crazy decision to up and buy a zoo with his family's life savings. Mee and his family, along with the 200 wild animals they acquired with the zoo, have previously been featured in the BBC documentary 'Ben's Zoo.'

Cameron's addition to the project likely means a fast track for the film at Fox, which has already announced a release date of December 23, 2011. The director's clout is also expected to allow Fox to land a big name star for the role of Mee, in the hopes that the family friendly subject matter will allow the studio to replicate the success they had two years ago with the similarly heartwarming animal story 'Marley & Me.'

Meanwhile, Cameron is already shaking off the rust from his break by rewriting Aline Brosh McKenna's script to better suit his plans. Not that there's likely to be much rust, of course; in Hollywood terms, a five year break between films is barely more than a long afternoon nap to you and me. Terrence Malick, for instance, took 20 years off between movies before 'The Thin Red Line' scored him Best Picture and Best Director nominations on his return.

Will Cameron follow suit with his comeback? it's always hard to predict these things, but we wouldn't bet against him. After all, if there's one thing this project has already proven, it's that crazier things have happened.

Like buying a zoo.

For more on that wild choice, here's a behind the scenes interview with Ben Mee about the experience of buying the Dartmoor Zoological Park: