Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' To Be Released This Year

If film fans felt lucky that 2011 held not one but two Steven Spielberg movies, they're going to be ecstatic that it'll also hold two Cameron Crowe movies. We know the musically-inclined director is hard at work on production of We Bought a Zoo, which stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church and is scheduled for release December 23, but now it turns out that a documentary he's been working on for several years about the Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam will also be released this year. According to the band's official website, Pearl Jam Twenty will be released during 2011 to help commemorate the band's twentieth anniversary. Read more about Crowe's project after the jump.

The Pearl Jam website only says that the film will be released this year, accompanied by a book and soundtrack. The Playlist however, who tipped us off to the news, has some more info.

As we briefly reported in 2009, Crowe has been working on the film for a while all aiming at this 20th anniversary. At the time, guitarist Mike McCready said the director would have access to "all our footage, with all of our existing footage that we have" so one can assume the film will be almost a historical document of the rise of Pearl Jam. Plus the title nicely mirror's the title of the band's first album, Ten.

This isn't the first we've heard of Crowe working with Pearl Jam. He directed a music video for the band in 2009 (which you can watch here) and used a bunch of the band's music not only as part of his screenplay to We Bought a Zoo but also as a big part of the soundtrack to his 1992 film Singles.

Pearl Jam fan or not, will you check out Crowe's documentary? I can't be the only one excited to see a Crowe passion project like this, right?