Fox woos Matt Damon for ‘Zoo’

Cameron Crowe flies to helming gig

Twentieth Century Fox is courting Matt Damon to star in “We Bought a Zoo,” Cameron Crowe’s next directing project.

The pro-spect is an interesting one, since it would unite Damon and Crowe for the first time.

Based on Benjamin Mee’s memoir, “We Bought a Zoo” tells the story of a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in the hopes of making a fresh start.

He and his children, along with a tiny, eclectic staff, work to undo years of neglect and create a sanctuary for breeding and raising endangered species, culminating with the zoo’s opening.

Studio aggressively went after Crowe to direct “We Bought a Zoo.” His deal closed in May, with the pic dated for Dec. 23, 2011. Crowe has been polishing the “Zoo” script, penned by Aline Brosh McKenna.

Damon is next in theaters in “The Adjustment Bureau,” which opens Sept. 17, followed by Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” on Oct. 22 and the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” on Dec. 25.

Damon is repped by WME.