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Friday, March 4, 2011

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

WE BOUGHT A ZOO is an upcoming comedy-drama (based on real events) directed by Cameron Crowe starring Matt Damon and Thomas Haden Church as brothers Benjamin & Duncan Mee. Ben's wife Katherine will be portrayed by Stephanie Szostak, with Maggie Elizabeth Jones and Colin Ford as their children. Cast also includes Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, and Angus Macfadyen. (I'm assuming that Johansson and Fanning are fictional characters introduced into the plot but hope they don't stray too far from the book.)

Not a period drama but I loved the book!

Matt Damon, Stephanie Szostak, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones

The film is based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee about how the author and his family used their life savings to buy a dilapidated zoo (Dartmoor Zoological Park) in 2006, replete with 200 exotic animals facing destruction, in the English countryside. (The film is set in southern California instead.)

Recreating the zoo:
"On a 450-acre ranch in Thousand Oaks, location manager Chris Baugh is overseeing the creation of that same film's zoo — made from scratch just for the movie. There are horses pastured nearby, and while everything seems bucolic and calm at the moment, that could change: Tigers will eventually populate the zoo set. "Wait till we bring in the big cats," Baugh says." [Feb 25, 2011 NPR]

It is set for release on December 23, 2011.

Dartmoor Zoological Park

Interview with author Benjamin Mee

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