Cameron Crowe Is Already Writing His Next Movie, Says It’s Inspired By Kids Seen During WE BOUGHT A ZOO Auditions

     September 1, 2011


Not only is Cameron Crowe releasing his first film in over five years this winter, he’s releasing three films. In addition to the Matt Damon-starred We Bought a Zoo, Crowe is also putting the finishing touches on the documentaries Pearl Jam Twenty and The Union, and now he’s already started working on his next film. The writer/director recently revealed that he has been writing his next film in between breaks from working on We Bought a Zoo and Pearl Jam Twenty. Though he didn’t necessarily spill the plot, he said that the new pic was actually inspired by the kids he saw on auditions for Zoo. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

In an interview with IFC (via The Playlist), Crowe was asked if he might be doing his Marvin Gaye biopic next. Instead, the director offered up details on a new project:

“This woman that I work with, Gail Levin, is a great casting director. She’s always finding new faces. The kids she found for We Bought a Zoo are so exciting. We met with all these actors, and they would leave the room and it was a situation where I would turn to Gail and say ‘They’re not right for this one, but I want to write something where we can work with that person.’ That was the genesis for writing a whole new script which I’ve been working on while we were doing We Bought a Zoo and finishing this Pearl Jam movie.”

Crowe is responsible for some of my favorite movies of all time, so it’s definitely nice to hear that he’s back with a vengeance after 2005’s disappointing Elizabethtown. The director also talked quite a bit about the music for We Bought a Zoo (which is being scored by Sigur Rós’ Jónsi), which you can read in the full interview. Commenting on his massive workload, the director left with this: “I’m trying out this prolific thing. The thing about being prolific? It’s a lot of work.”

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