Documentarian Errol Morris decided to take his first crack at a feature film since 1991, adapting Robert Nelson’s We Froze the First Man, a comedy about awry cryogenics experiment, to put it simply (and rob it of justice). All of this is well and good, but it became well-er and good-er when Paul Rudd signed on to star in the project.
Paul Rudd is making it happen in spades: this August, he’ll be the title character in the comedy Our Idiot Brother, which, thankfully, seems like it will utilize his comedic prowess beyond the role of straight man. Don’t get me wrong, he’s awesome at sardonic and jaded, but he’s more than capable of playing some seriously “out there” characters: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Ten and (a movie I can’t seem to stop citing in these articles) Wet Hot American Summer. Currently in production are the adaptation to every teenager’s favorite book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in which he’ll play the protagonist Charlie’s teacher Bill, and a sequel of sorts to Knocked Up, focusing on the relationship between Rudd’s and Leslie Mann’s characters. And then we’re gunna get to see him freeze people.
Morris’ film, tentatively titled The Demon in the Freezer, is written by Zach Helm, who also cranked out Dr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and Stranger than Fiction, which was proficient in making me doubt reality entirely—but in a much funnier way than The Matrix did.