Matt Damon and Cameron Crowe may team up for an adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s memoir We Bought A Zoo. The Bourne star is in talks to portray Mee, a man who buys a dilapidated zoo and must run it with his family as his wife dies of brain cancer.
20th Century Fox and Julie Yorn will produce the film. The film was scripted by Aline Brosh McKenna, who's behind several recent rom-coms, but director Crowe has reportedly made several rewrites.
Damon’s usual oeuvre is either action or comedy fare, so presumably he’s looking to break out of the box and take a more dramatic role. Between the inevitable wacky animal shenanigans and the whole dying wife thing, this film is going to have more mood whiplash than a Tyler Perry movie unless Crowe and Damon walk a very careful line.
20th Century Fox has acquired screen rights to Jane Heller's 2005 novel An Ex to Grind, reports Deadline.com. The deal comes with Cameron Diaz and Benicio Del Toro attached to play a warring couple in the romantic comedy.
Says Deadline, Del Toro (soon to be seen on the Cannes Festival jury -- ash clouds willing) will play a star athlete who for years supports the dreams of his waitress wife. When his career is cut short by injury, he turns into a beer-swilling couch potato and she finds big success in business. Aiming to divorce him, the wife decides to find him a new partner in order to escape alimony payments.
Laura Bickford (who worked with Del Toro on Traffic and Che) will produce with Julie Yorn.