Credit: George Merchan and joblo.com
I think it might be safe to say that Cameron Crowe is one of the best directors in the game when it comes to finding just the right synergy of image and music. Even his misfires feature wonderful, emotionally charged moments like ELIZABETHTOWN and his use of Elton John’s “My Father’s Gun”. It’s great stuff.
Now what might Crowe have in mind for his upcoming WE BOUGHT A ZOO?
Actor Matt Damon, who will be starring as the lead in Crowe’s film, recently sat down to do the press rounds for the fantastic TRUE GRIT. He spoke to MTV and tossed out the names of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and the legendary Neil Young when asked about the film and the script drafts he’s been reading:
“When [Cameron Crowe] gave me the screenplay, it came with music… a bunch of music. Before I even read the screenplay, I burned the stuff onto my iPod and went running in Central Park just listening to the music… a lot Eddie Vedder, a lot of Neil Young… I’ll leave it there for now.”
You may recall that Vedder released his first solo album as the soundtrack to Sean Penn’s incredible 2007 film INTO THE WILD. Should WE BOUGHT A ZOO feature anything from him or Young, it could only be a good thing.
The film is an adaptation of We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever, a memoir written by former newspaper columnist Benjamin Mee.
“Back in 2006, Mee was a do-it-yourself columnist for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper. The writer took it to a whole new level when he decided to move into a rundown twelve-bedroom mansion in the English countryside with his wife, two children, brother, and 76-year-old mother. On top of that, the mansion included a 30 acre wildlife park that was home to 200 wild animals. Their success was bittersweet when Mee’s wife, Katherine, learned that she had terminal cancer.”
WE BOUGHT A ZOO – starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Hayden Church, Elle Fanning, and Patrick Fugit – begins filming next month.