Del Toro, Franco & Shannon Join Competing 'Iceman' Project
We've known since September of last year that Mickey Rourke would produce and star in The Ice Man, an adaptation of Phil Carlo's book of the same name which chronicles the life of Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, a mafia hit man who murdered more than 200 people. But now there's word of a new biopic on the gangster with the remarkably unique title The Iceman (see what they did there?). Production Weekly reported via Twitter that Ariel Vroman (Rx) is directing and he's rounded up James Franco, Benicio Del Toro and Michael Shannon to star in the film. The question is, which of these fine actors will play The Iceman? Find out below!
The observant eyes of Collider noticed someone in the forums at IMDb going by the name “arielvromen” posted the following in April, “Michael Shannon is The Iceman!!!” While IMDb isn't the source of the most reliable information, there seems to be some corroboration with this new information to confirm that Michael Shannon will play The Iceman. However, one can only assume since Rourke's project is using Phil Carlo's book about the mafia hit man that Vroman is probably using some other source of information for his story. Since no further details are known about the project, only time will tell how this competing project unfolds.
If you're unfamiliar with Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, he a ruthless hit man who had killed at least 50 vagrants before he was 18 years old. In addition, he took care of his victims with a variety of objects including firearms, ice picks, hand grenades, crossbows, chain saws, and a bomb attached to a remote-control toy car. However, apparently his favorite weapon of choice was cyanide solution administered with a nasal-spray bottle in the victim's face. His nickname stems from the fact that he sometimes froze corpses to disguise the time of death.
Now we'll have to wait and see how the race heats up between these competing projects. When Rourke's project was confirmed and officially announced via press release at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, there was no director attached. It would seem that Vroman's attachment to this alternate biopic gives it a certain edge, but it sounds like both will end up getting made sooner or late. Meanwhile, I'm a little more excited about Shannon, a tour de force on-screen, getting a lead role like this. Which one would you prefer?