Errol Morris tackles cryogenics
Errol Morris is best known for his hard hitting documentaries like The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War and Standard Operating Procedure (Filmstalker review) is set to tackle a fascinating project next, the birth of cryogenics.
His next film is set to look into the group of men who froze the first man, adapted from the book We Froze the First Man by Robert F. Nelson (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), a TV repairman who joined a group in the 1960's intent on freezing the first person.
I'm still trying to decipher the article in Variety, I sometimes find it hard to read their articles which aren't always entirely clear or grammatically well written and tend to rely heavily on Hollywood short hand, non-dictionary terms and badly punctuated stacato sentences.
However they seem to suggest that this is going to be a dark comedy and mark Errol Morris' departure from the documentary. Something I don't whole heartedly believe.
The story follows Robert F. Nelson who gave up his job as a TV repairman in the sixties and joined a group of people who believed that they could freeze people before they died and keep them frozen until science found a cure for what they were infected with and bring them back to life.
Some hope since these people are now dead, but never mind, they're getting rich from it.
I'm surprised that Errol Morris is heading in this direction as this story seems perfect for a more light hearted documentary, that's why I'm not entirely sure that the article means that this is a dark comedy and perhaps it's going to be a documentary with a comic vein running through it.