Rourke to be The Ice Man?
The Ice Man, the adaptation of the book about Richard “Iceman” Kulinski who was an alleged hitman for the Gambino crime gang, was set to be adapted to a film by the producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, however the author had second thoughts about letting the producer cast Channing Tatum in the lead role and so took the rights back.
However now it would seem that the film could be moving forward again, and this time Mickey Rourke could be playing the killer.
Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski claimed that he has killed over two hundred people in carrying out his business for the Gambino criminals, all the while living a normal life, and in the book by Philip Carlo called The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer his story is told.
For 30 years, Richard 'the Ice Man' Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on "The Sopranos", becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighbourhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey...He conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers. For an additional price, he would make his victims suffer. By his own estimate, he killed over 200 men, taking enormous pride in his cunning and the ferocity of his technique.
”He's really looking forward to being the Ice Man, and I think he'll do a great job...He's talking about it being his Raging Bull.”
Well that would appear to be a big endorsement and announcement that the man is set to take the role up. It's funny too, because at the time of the Channing Tatum rumour the writer also talked about his desire for Mickey Rourke in the role:
”I think Mickey Rourke would really be good. He's got that sense of danger . . . But it's not Channing Tatum.”
I agree with the author, Rourke is a much more realistic choice than Tatum, and brings a whole gritty edge to the role that would be interesting to see on film. The question is if it's actually happening and who is going to be writing and directing.