While in Toronto hawking “Passion Play”, it was announced that Mickey Rourke is going to play a notorious hitman in an adaptation of celebrated crime author Philip Carlo’s bestselling “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer”.
“The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer” is the true story of Richard “The Ice Man” Kuklinski who for over 40 years led a completely secretive double life as both a notorious professional assassin and a doting husband and father in suburban New Jersey.
Natural Selection will produce and finance the film, and David McKenna (“Blow”, “American History X”) will write the screenplay. Rourke is also rumored to be on tap to play Hell’s Angels founder Sony Barger in another biopic, and there is no timeline announced for this project. At one point the Hughes Brothers were also said to be involved, but their names do not appear on this newest announcement.
This could be an interesting story to bring to the screen, a family man who travels around, killing people for the mob, with his bare hands as well as various weapons, while his family had no clue. Or it could turn out as hackneyed crap about the same thing, it all depends on how the filmmakers approach it. Despite being a murderer for hire, Kuklinski was a serial killer who hated rapists and child abusers, so the set up is unique enough to differentiate it from other “there was a killer in our midst all along” movies.