Matt Damon Says Cameron Crowe’s ‘We Bought A Zoo’ Script Came With A Soundtrack

When we talked to Matt Damon at the press day for the Coen Bros.’ awesome Western “True Grit,” he told us that he “really, really, really” wants to star in Neil Blomkamp’s sci-fi thriller “Elysium.” But while Damon has yet to seal the deal for that flick, he is 100 percent on board for “Jerry Maguire” writer-director Cameron Crowe’s next project, the dramedy “We Bought a Zoo.”

“I’m really excited,” Damon told MTV News of “Zoo,” which is based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee and tells the true story of how the author and his family used their life savings to buy and fix up a dilapidated zoo on the verge of destruction in the English countryside. “We’re starting next month. Cameron’s terrific, and he’s just such a terrific writer. He’s been sending me drafts of the script, and I feel like I’m in really capable hands.”

Crowe is known for making music an integral part of his films, and based on what Damon told us, “Zoo” won’t be any different.

“When [Cameron] gave me the screenplay, it came with music… with a bunch of music. In fact, before I even read the screenplay, I burned the stuff onto my iPod and went running in Central Park listening to the music.”

So what tunes were inspiring Crowe when he wrote the screenplay? “A lot of Eddie Vedder, a lot of Neil Young,” Damon revealed. “I’ll leave it there for now.”

“We Bought a Zoo” co-stars Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning and Patrick Fugit, and is scheduled to hit theaters December 23, 2011.

Are you excited for “We Bought a Zoo”? And what’s your favorite Crowe film so far? Tell us in the comments!