Writer-director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) excited Matt Damon when he gave him the script to his new film, We Bought A Zoo, by including a potential soundtrack compilation featuring “a lot of Eddie Vedder” and “a lot of Neil Young”. In interview with MTV, Matt Damon describes how before even reading the screenplay, he listened to the compilation whilst running in central park. Based on Benjamin Mee’s best selling memoir, in We Bought A Zoo, Matt Damon plays a widowed father who moves his family to the English countryside where they buy and begin to operate a zoo. Alongside Damon, We Bought A Zoo stars Black Widow beauty Scarlett Johansson and child actress, Elle Fanning. It is currently scheduled to open a year from tomorrow, on December 23rd, 2011 and will start shooting next month.
Hit the jump for more on the music Crowe attached to the script.
Pearl Jam frontman and singer-songwriter Eddie Vedder is no stranger to film music, having released his first solo album in 2007 as the soundtrack to Into The Wild (starring Emile Hirsch) for which he won a Golden Globe in 2008. Additionally, Vedder has contributed solo material to numerous other films too, including Dead Man Walking, A Brokedown Melody and Reign Over Me. Crowe’s preference of Eddie Vedder/ Pearl Jam shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise when you learn that he has also been directing an as yet untitled documentary about the group. He probably has Jam on the brain.
Neil Young also has a solid track record of film music, having provided the terrific main theme for Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, starring Johnny Depp. Both artists offer a kind of intense, introspective rock and are definitely solid choices for a serious, evocative soundtrack.
That said, it’s important to realise that neither artist is confirmed to be on the soundtrack to the final film (it’s very early days), and the songs were more likely given to Damon to suggest the tone that Cameron Crowe is aiming for. Eitherway, We Bought A Zoo is shaping up to be a very interesting release.