Fox 2000 adjusts ‘Skate’ for Crowe

McDormand & others in odd Oz love-triangle

Writer-director Cameron Crowe is in early negotiations to develop and helm “Shockproof Sydney Skate,” based on the novel by Marijane Meaker, for Fox 2000.

Scribe Steve Kloves (who is adapting “Harry Potter” for Warner Bros.) has already penned several drafts of “Shockproof” and will be rewriting under Crowe’s supervision.

The project has been in development at Fox for several years, and its producer, Teri Schwartz, has held options to the book dating back to 1977.

Via their Cherry Alley Prods., Schwartz and Goldie Hawn are on board as producers. Exec producer is Leslie Morgan. Fox 2000’s executive veep, Carla Hacken, is shepherding the project along with Elizabeth Gabler, the division’s prexy.

Told from the point of view of a 17-year old boy, “Shockproof” is a coming-of-age story about a young man who, between boarding school and college, falls in love with a female model with whom his mother, an ad exec, is also in love.

At present, Crowe is completing work on an untitled DreamWorks project due out in the fall — which he wrote, directed, and is producing along with Ian Bryce (“Saving Private Ryan”). Pic stars Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Billy Crudup and Jason Lee.

Kloves directed “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “Flesh & Bone.” His writing credits include “Wonder Boys.”

Crowe and Kloves are repped by CAA.

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