Rourke confirmed for Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
Mickey Rourke has been confirmed for the film Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer which we first heard about back in March 2007 and first heard of his possible involvement in September 2009.
He'll be playing Richard “Iceman” Kulinski, the alleged hitman for the Gambino crime gang, in a film adaptation of the by Philip Carlo called The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer adapted by David McKenna, although no director has been attached yet.
Originally the film was set to star Channing Tatum, but the author didn't like the way the project was going and objected to the way the film was going. Cue direction change and Mickey Rourke, which is now confirmed in the story from The Hollywood Reporter.
He was first talked about back in September 2009 when Philip Carlo revealed the casting choice and said of Rourke:
”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.”
It sounds a great casting choice for the role, especially when you hear the story about Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski who claims to have been a hitman for the Gambino crime gang and to have killed over two hundred people for them.
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.
Rourke could be superb in that role especially if the script is strong, and why wouldn't it with such a rich story to pull from? I would guess now it all depends on the director.
Originally we heard that Allen and Albert Hughes were set to direct, they've directed Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell and The Book of Eli, with those first two films seeing them write as well.
I'm not sure if they are the perfect choice for the film, or whether they are still attached. I'd guess that they aren't at the moment since there's no mention of them in the latest story. So who will it end up being? It'll have to be somebody really strong if this is going to be Rourke's Raging Bull.