20th Century Fox has purchased the film rights to Benjamin Mee's book "We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Broken-Down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever". “We Bought A Zoo” tells the story of how Mee and his family used their life savings to buy a dilapidated zoo and restore it to its former glory.
Oscar winning director Cameron Crowe has signed on to helm the film, which will be his first project since 2005. Aline Brosh McKenna, well known for her adaptation of "The Devil Wears Prada", penned the original screenplay, however Cameron Crowe rewrote the script to reflect it's sensibilities. Julie Yorn is producing along with Mark Gordon. Yorn has produced such films as Max Payne, Bride Wars, Unstoppable, and is currently producing the Catherine Hardwicke film Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried.
We Bought A Zoo casting director Gail Levin is conducting a national online open casting call for the following three lead roles:
DYLAN MEE: Benjamin Mee's 14-year-old son (submit 13-18 years of age to play 14).
ROSIE MEE: Benjamin Mee's 6-year-old and extremely lively daughter (submit 6-8 years of age to play 6).
LILY: 15-years-old and a rural beauty (submit 14-19 years of age to play 15).
To upload your audition video, please visit the official FOX website and follow the instructions very carefully.
The deadline to submit your audition video is October, 11 2010. Filming begins in January, 2011 and the scheduled release date is December 23, 2011. Shooting will take place in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up in the trash can), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
The Mark Gordon Company
12200 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Julie Yorn's Office
2000 Avenue of the Stars
3rd Floor North Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Principal Actor Casting (Los Angeles):
We Bought A Zoo Casting
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Principal Actor Casting (New York):
Bowling / Miscia Casting
609 Greenwich St
New York NY 10014
Casting Underway. It has been confirmed that Matt Damon is being offered the starring role.
Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home: a dilapidated zoo on the English countryside, complete with over 200 exotic animals. It was his dream to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. There was much work to be done, and none of it easy. Tigers broke loose, money ran low, the staff grew skeptical, and family tensions ran high. Then tragedy struck. His wife had a recurrence of a brain tumor, forcing Benjamin and his children to face the heartbreak of illness and the devastating loss of a wife and mother. But inspired by her memory and the healing power of the incredible family of animals they had grown to love, Benjamin and his kids resolved to move forward.