Morris Unleashes A “Demon in the Freezer”

Academy Award-winning filmmaker and documentarian Errol Morris tells The Playlist that he’s planning an adaptation of Richard Preston’s non-fiction work “The Demon in the Freezer”.

Preston’s 2002 book explores the U.S. government’s relationship with the biological weapons anthrax and smallpox, focusing on both the “Smallpox Eradication Program” in the ’60s and ’70s and the threat of anthrax circa 9/11. Much like ‘Hot Zone’ or films like “Traffic”, the text follows several different storylines in different countries and times.

Preston authored 1994’s “The Hot Zone” which was a hot property that Hollywood tried to adapt in the mid-90’s until rival project “Outbreak” opened and beat it to the punch. Preston also penned 2007’s “The Wild Trees”, while his brother Douglas Preston is the best-selling co-author of the Pendergast book series along with Lincoln Child.

Morris is best known for his documentaries like “The Fog of War,” “The Thin Blue Line,” “Standard Operating Procedure,” “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control” and “Gates of Heaven”. His one previous attempt at a narrative fictional feature was 1991’s poorly received “The Dark Wind”.

Morris is continuing to develop the cryogenic comedy “We Froze The First Man” which he’s hinted that Paul Rudd may star in and radio personality Ira Glass is involved with. Zach Helm has reportedly finished the script so it will probably ‘go’ before ‘Freezer’.

Morris is also intent on doing the comedy “The End of Everything” which has something to do with remote Lason Island.