As we've reported a few times over now, Zoo is the true story of Benjamin Mee and his family, who used their life savings to rescue a broken down zoo and its languishing animals. (All 200 of its remaining inhabitants would have been put down. Mee's a hero in my book.) As the family worked to bring the zoo back to life -- a saga filled with tiger escapes, tight funds, family tensions, and sick animals -- tragedy struck the family. Benjamin's wife, Katherine, was struck by a brain tumor and died three months after the zoo's purchase. Saving the zoo helped save the Mee family, and the zoo now thrives and is dedicated to Katherine.
Sure, it may be cookie-cutter but sometimes that's ok. Damon has proved himself equally adept in comedy and drama, and I think it would be fun to see play nice dad, zookeeper, and bereaved husband. His schedule has been rather heavy of late (The Adjustment Bureau, Hereafter, True Grit, Margaret) so it would be nice to see him in something relatively light where there's chances of tears and monkey poop.