Cryogenics, the science that allows humans to be preserved by low temperature until such a time they can be re-animated and healed in the future by advances made in medicine, is becoming a trendy theme in literature and in filmdom.
First up was Extra Innings, a novel by Bruce E. Spitzer that tells the tale of baseball great Ted Williams being resuscitated from a cryogenic state in the year 2092 with the hope of giving the Boston Red Sox another World Series title. The book was published last month and quickly climbed into the Top 25 on the Amazon Kindle best-seller list.
Now comes word of Freezing People Is Easy, a movie based on Bob Nelson’s memoir We Froze The First Man that deals with the experimentation with cryogenics in the 1960s. The film, according to the Internet Movie Database, is currently in preproduction and set to begin shooting in the fall with actors Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken.
Although the parallels in topic are immediately evident, Spitzer points to an underlying connection between the two projects.
“Similar to what we’re likely to see in Freezing People, you can’t help but poke a little fun at the idea of returning to life after being frozen,” he says.
The TV world also brought cryogenics to light a few months ago when CNN personality Larry King announced that he would like to be preserved until such a time science can bring him back to life healthy. King made the revelation during CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings, a show that aired on the network in December 2011.
“I want to be frozen on the hope that they’ll find whatever I died of and bring me back,” the veteran newsman told his dinner guests.
The announcement caught the dinner party by surprise and led to further probing by talk show host Conan O’Brien and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
“I just want to make sure that we stick with the headline here, which is that you wish to be frozen,” O’Brien prods, causing MacFarlane to question King as to whether he’d like to live forever.
“Yeah, you bet your ass,” replies the 78-year-old King.