Paul Rudd to Lead Errol Morris' Adaptation of 'We Froze the First Man'
As of late we've been enjoying Paul Rudd in R-rated comedies like Role Models, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man, but one of his upcoming roles looks to take him away from the usual raunchy humor. The Washington Post has learned that acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) has set Rudd to lead his currently untitled adaptation of Bob Nelson's memoir We Froze the First Man. The story will follow a California TV repairman who gets into cryogenic freezing after meeting a group of people in the 1960's who believe they can cheat death with the new technology.
Of course, the man learns the hard way that freezing people for future resurrection isn't easy and has to admit to family members of those he had tried to freeze that things have gone terribly wrong. Stranger Than Fiction writer Zach Helm is writing the script which will also draw from the Mistakes Were Made episode of This American Life from 2008. Considering how well the writer blended heartfelt drama and humor in the 2006 Will Ferrell film, this sounds like a great role for Rudd to be both funny and dramatic, and really show his stuff. This will likely have a great blend of quirky and dark comedy, and should make for a really different film than Rudd usually takes on.