Matt Damon in Talks for We Bought a Zoo

ON has learned that Matt Damon is in talks to star in director Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. The film would start filming in January for a December 23, 2011 release.

We Bought a Zoo, based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, tells the true account of how the author and his family used their life savings to buy a dilapidated zoo, replete with 200 exotic animals facing destruction, in the English countryside.

Mee, along with his children, had to balance caring for his wife, who was dying of brain cancer, with dealing with escaped tigers, raising endangered animals, working with an eclectic skeleton crew and readying the zoo for a reopening.

Aline Brosh McKenna wrote the script for the 20th Century Fox release.