New Images from Cameron Crowe’s WE BOUGHT A ZOO Starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson

     August 2, 2011

New images from Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo have gone online.  Based on Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, the film tells the story of a man (Matt Damon) who decides to buy and renovate a zoo following the death of his wife.  The movie notable not only because of it’s solid cast (Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, J.B. Smoove, and Thomas Haden Church) but because it’s Crowe’s first film since 2005′s fiasco Elizabethtown.  The images make the movie look a tad sappy (as zoo animals plus uplifted families tend to do) but I’ll withhold further judgment until a trailer hits.

Hit the jump for the images along with what Crowe and Damon had to say about the film.  We Bought a Zoo opens December 23rd.

Crowe tells USA Today about his reaction to the failure of Elizabethtown:

“It helps as a journalist, because you are able to talk to the people whose work you’ve followed, and you realize that everything doesn’t always hit on all cylinders,” he says. “I know it came from the right place. And when people like the movie and connect to it, they are connecting to something you honestly wanted to put out there.”

He adds that he’s spent the past six years working on other scripts, “Just stockpiling stuff to do later.”  He compares it to the break he took after Almost Famous to write his book Conversations with Wilder.  He’s also got two music documentaries on the way, Union about Elton John and Leon Russell’s recent collaboration, and the upcoming Pearl Jam Twenty.

As for Damon coming on board, he said that while Crowe gave him a screenplay but warned him not to make a decision based solely on the script since Crowe hadn’t made his changes yet.  Instead,

“He gave me the film Local Hero,” the 1983 cult charmer about a wheeler-dealer American oil company rep who is transformed by his time spent in a small Scottish town. “And he gave me about 15 songs, a lot of Neil Young and Eddie Vedder. I actually took the music, put it on my iPod and went for a run in Central Park. Then I read the script. I thought to myself, ‘This is absolutely something I want to be in.’”

Cameron Crowe gave someone a mixtape?  Get out of (Elizabeth)town.

  • CMS

    Elizabethtown is a great film… idk what you’re smoking Goldberg.

    • John

      Yeah, I guess that’s why it’s rated only 28% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Clearly, Matt is wrong and you’re obviously the almighty authority on what is considered good cinema.

      • plainview

        yeah because Rottentomatoes is the barometer for how good a movie is. whatever happened to our own personal taste?. Speed Racer was terrible because it was Rotten at Rottentomatoes. Iron man is as good as The Dark Knight because both are 94% in the tomatometer.

    • AnaB

      I agree with CMS. Elizabethtown may have failed in the box office, but it’s still a damn great film!

      And seriously, Rotten Tomatos is not almighty, you know… don’t judge the movie by an internet meter… go watch the thing and make your own conclusions!

  • abandofoutsiders

    matt, why is there always cynicism in your news?.

    can i ask what was the last movie that you thought was a masterpiece?.. so i can nitpick it and tell it’s flaws.

    is it that important to complain about a bunch of photos?.

  • colin

    there’s cynicism in his news because he’s an aspiring screenwriter who thinks it sucks that everyone else’s shit gets made and his shit sucks. probably something very basic and primal like that.

    cynicism, despite popular belief, doesn’t make you funny or original. it makes me regret coming to this site. Look at Frosty’s articles. He has a genuine excitement about film and a good nature. Like a slightly more realistic Harry Knowles. Goldberg’s a Trade-Troll, taking existing stories and making them more negative! Did you want a more negative take on this movie news, world? Just add Goldberg!

    • abandofoutsiders

      you nailed it man.

      it’s like Frosty is the Xavier and Goldberg is the Magneto collider.

      you see Frosty gets pumped for a movie that Goldberg would normally trash. heck even Matt Goldberg took a piss at the new TDKR set photos.

      i saw a video of For Your Consideration where Frosty said something like it’s easy to be cynical, but he prefers to be optimistic on movies. damn right Frosty. heck he was even looking forward of Paul WS Anderson’s Musketeer movie(before the trailer arrived), other would diss a new movie of PWS Anderson just because he’s PWS Anderson.

      it’s like, we feel were smarter than everybody because we’re cynic. but come on, we’re not!

  • PatLang

    I can’t get enough of Elle Fanning this year! First, spectacular performances in Somewhere and Super 8. Then, promo trailer for TWIXT and now, starring in a Cameron Crowe film with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Can someone give her an Osvar just for her body of work this year alone? LOL

  • dmc

    I wish Cameron Crowe directed a von Trier script and von Trier directed a Crowe script. Crowe with all this sap – when has he not relied upon it, I know… – not a good movie makes.

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  • ozzie

    What a great cast … Hollywood needs more Patrick Fugit.

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  • LB

    Patrick Fugit looks like a Hanson brother.

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