By Kerrie Mitchell
Updated May 18, 2010 at 09:39 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesIt’s about time! The Hollywood Reporter reports Cameron Crowe has signed on to direct an adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s memoir We Bought a Zoo. As the title suggests, the book follows Mee and his family’s adventures after they buy and attempt to rehabilitate a rundown zoo in the English countryside — all while Mee’s wife suffers from terminal cancer. Crowe hasn’t directed a movie since 2005’s critical and box-office disappointment Elizabethtown. I can imagine the reaction to that film must have stung, but as a consummate Crowe fan (really, I’ll defend Vanilla Sky), I’m very excited to hear that he’ll be back in the saddle with a story that sounds like it could hit all the comedy, longing, and sentiment that he does so well. Are you glad to hear Crowe is back at it? The THR report says he’ll be looking for an A-lister to star posthaste — who could you see in the role?