Matt Damon says WE BOUGHT A ZOO features “a lot of” Eddie Vedder, Neil Young

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 21st, 2010

Saying that famous filmmaker Cameron Crowe likes music may truly be the biggest understatement that is able to be made within the constraints of the English language.

The former Rolling Stone writer has made music a major part of each film he has crafted, and according to the lead of his next film, WE BOUGHT A ZOO, it won’t stop any time soon.

Matt Damon recently sat down with MTV, and revealed that “When [Cameron Crowe] gave me the screenplay, it came with music…a lot of Eddie Vedder, a lot of Neil Young.”

Now, while this shouldn’t come as surprise for any fan of Crowe, this does make the film sound quite intriguing. WE BOUGHT A ZOO is based on a memoir penned by Benjamin Mee, and follows a man named Mee who, after the death of his wife, moves his family to a zoo. Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, and Angus MacFadyen will join Damon in the film’s cast as well.

Both Vedder and Young seem right up the alley of a film like this, particularly Vedder, who seems right at home backing a film about overcoming a family tragedy. I’m not a huge fan of Crowe as a filmmaker, particularly with the past few failures that he’s produced, but this film does sound like a relatively compelling little project.

WE BOUGHT A ZOO hits theaters on December 23, 2011.

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