Matt Damon in Talks for Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought a Zoo'
by Alex Billington
June 23, 2010
Cinephiles everywhere are anxiously awaiting the next film from filmmaker Cameron Crowe, who hasn't directed a feature since Elizabethtown in 2005. Well, Fox has already set a December 23rd, 2011 release for his next project We Bought a Zoo, based on Benjamin Mee's memoir, so that means he'll start casting pretty damn soon. Well, Variety reports that Matt Damon is in "preliminary talks" to star in Crowe's We Bought a Zoo, about a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside in hopes of making a fresh start. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened.
The screenplay for We Bought a Zoo is being written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, Morning Glory) but we don't know anything else about it status or start date. Variety says that Fox finalized a deal with Cameron Crowe back in May and is currently polishing McKenna's script. Deadline also confirms the news, so for now, Damon is only "in talks" but when news like this hits, it usually means he'll definitely be joining in the end anyway. This sounds like a cool project and I'm a big fan of Damon, so bring it on. Hopefully this is only the start of more casting and more news for We Bought a Zoo, so stick around!