Paul Rudd to put the dead on ice in film based on 'This American Life' story

paul-urddImage Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.comEW has confirmed that Paul Rudd is attached to star in documentarian Errol Morris’ untitled feature film based on a 2008 This American Life story about the cryogenics craze of the 1960s. As Morris first told The Washington Post, Rudd will play Bob Nelson, a TV repairman who started his own cryogenics operation in Southern California — freezing dead people with the hope science would learn how to revive them some time in the distant future — with disastrous results. Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) is penning the screenplay, and Morris told The New York Observer that he is also collaborating on the film with TAL‘s Ira Glass.

Rudd will next appear in Our Idiot Brother (Aug. 26) and Wanderlust (this fall), and is currently filming an untitled film with Leslie Mann and directed by Judd Apatow.

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  • bethie

    “Mistakes were Made” — the most excruciatingly fascinating episodes of TAL ever! So excruciating that I had to listen to it twice. Just thinking about it as a full length film is making my skin crawl!

  • Heathbar

    One of the best TAL’s ever. Crazy, funny, sad, and kind of icky all at the same time. I’ve listened to it several times, and never thought of it as a movie, but I think it will be great! Paul Rudd is always good.

  • The Hypnotoad

    Who’s going to play Phillip J.Fry?

  • ObvUsername

    Cryonics, not cryogenics. If you’re not familiar with a word, look it up before you use it.

  • arben

    Shoot. From the headline I thought that this was gonna be a movie about figure-skating zombies.

  • Ken

    This was actually based mostly on Bob Nelson’s most recent book The Ice Nap, which chronicles the years between the first cryonics suspension in 1967 and the trial in 1981. We Froze the First Man only covered the first suspension. I co-authored The Ice Nap with Bob Nelson and we’re currently looking for an agent to represent us.

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