New Photos from We Bought A Zoo

This is sure to have a tear-jerking moment or two. Cameron Crowe’s upcoming film “We Bought A Zoo” doesn’t hit theaters until Christmas, December 23 to be exact, and some new images from the film have finally been released via USA Today.

And although the film is listed as a drama with a bit of comedy, this’ll be far from some “Dr. Dolittle” crap. Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, the film tells the story of a journalist (Matt Damon) who decides that he and his school-age children should take over the rundown Rosemoor Wildlife Park after their mother dies from cancer, played by Scarlett Johansson in the film.

Like I said, it should have a tear-jerker moment in the film, especially when the wife dies so you might want to take a tissue or two.

Here’s what Damon had to say about his character’s decision to buy the zoo in the first place:

“It’s kind of an act of desperation for Benjamin,” he says of his character’s motivation for such a rash, perhaps financially foolish act, one the real-life Mee relates in the 2008 memoir that shares the film’s title. “He does it impulsively, but at the same time, his late wife would have celebrated this kind of adventure. It’s really a love story about a guy who is still in love with his wife.”

That is so sweet. Though for some reason, it also reminds me of that one Simpson episode where Ned opens up a God themed park after Maude dies.

Crowe, who hasn’t directed a film since 2005’s “Elizabethtown” spoke a bit about the film’s failure and how “Zoo” was a project close to him after the death of his father in 1989:

“It helps as a journalist, because you are able to talk to the people whose work you’ve followed, and you realize that everything doesn’t always hit on all cylinders,” he says. “I know it came from the right place. And when people like the movie and connect to it, they are connecting to something you honestly wanted to put out there.”

As for the six-year gap between features, “I was writing for a while. Just stockpiling stuff to do later,” he says. “It was kind of what happened after Almost Famous, when I took time to write a book, the Billy Wilder book (Coversations With Wilder). That was a great little pause. An inspiring pause.”

Check out the new pics below and if you’re interested, check out the full interview when you hit up the link above.

“We Bought A Zoo” also stars Elle Fanning, Thomas Haden Church, Carla Gallo, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Angus MacFadyen and John Michael Higgins.