EXCLUSIVE: Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Walken are circling Freezing People Is Easy, a script by Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris will direct. Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch are producing with This American Life‘s Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp.
Inspired by the memoir We Froze The First Man and an episode of This American Life, the film tell the true story of Bob Nelson, a 1960s Los Angeles television repairman who tried to pioneer the field of cryogenics by freezing humans. He quickly discovered that it was more difficult than he imagined.
The cast is pretty much locked — Rudd has been attached for months to play Nelson — though Bridesmaids star Wiig is the variable: she’s completing her run on Saturday Night Live and poring over several offers. The producers and the film’s reps at WME and UTA are starting to talk up the film with financiers. The intention is to shoot for a mid-2012 start date. Wilson, Wiig and Zaillian are up for Golden Globes this year. WME reps Morris and Film Rites; UTA reps Rudd, Wilson, Wiig and This American Life; and ICM reps Walken.