Cameron Crowe has been rather busy recently, and it looks like things aren’t going to let up for the writer/director anytime soon. He recently cast Emma Stone in an untitled romantic comedy (likely called Deep Tiki) set in Hawaii. Now reports are in that he has set his next project, too; Beautiful Boy, based on a novel by David Sheff.
The story is based around a family dealing with their son’s meth addiction. According to /Film, Crowe will write and direct the project. He’ll also incorporate elements from a related novel called Tweak, written by Nic Sheff--the son focused upon in Beautiful Boy.
The Wrap were first to break the news of Crowe’s involvement with Beautiful Boy, a project that’s been gestating since being optioned before its publication in 2008. Paramount had the project, considered Steven Zaillian (the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) for it, but it seems the rights lapsed and now it’s at Sony, where it’s fallen to Crowe.
Sheff was heavily influenced by John Lennon and his life; he actually conducted the final major interview with Lennon in 1980, and was so inspired by Lennon’s life that he began a family of his own. The book’s title even comes from a Lennon song.
In 2005, Sheff wrote a New York Times Magazine article about how the family dealt with his son’s addition to meth, which he adapted into a novel which became the New York Times best-selling novel in 2008.
Apparently, Crowe aims to shoot once he’s done with Deep Tiki, which is currently looking for a male lead. Crowe is also reportedly working on a project for HBO called Telegraph Avenue based on the upcoming novel by Michael Chabon.
Will you be watching Beautiful Boy?