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James Franco drops out of Ariel Vroman's The Iceman over a contractual dispute

10.19.2011

A year after coming aboard one of two dueling Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski biopics, actor James Franco has now dropped out of the project.

According to Just Jared, Franco has pulled out of THE ICEMAN "because he couldn’t come to an agreement on key contractual issues that didn’t involve financial terms." That last part is funny, because if it's not about money then what else could it be? Scheduling? If it were, then why be so long-winded? Whatever the case may be, the site's source adds that "now it looks like this project might fall apart." Somebody, get Mickey Rourke on the phone!

Franco was set to play Robert 'Mr. Softee' Pronge, mentor assassin to Kuklinski (to be played by the great Michael Shannon). The film is a biopic based on the Anthony Bruno book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, which examined the life of the infamous hitman of the Gambino crime family who was said to have murdered hundreds between the years of 1948 and 1986. Is the project - which was to start shooting this December - truly dead in the water? Or will someone else simply step in for the vacated 'Softee' slot?

As for Franco, he's filming Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL in Detroit at the moment alongside Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.

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Source: Just Jared

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5:21PM on 10/19/2011

So in other words.........

........."I want more money". Douche bag.
........."I want more money". Douche bag.
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11:55AM on 10/19/2011
Who cares. I feel bad if a movie falls apart, but franco is definitely not a guy I'm sad to see leave a project.
Who cares. I feel bad if a movie falls apart, but franco is definitely not a guy I'm sad to see leave a project.
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11:35AM on 10/19/2011
Since this was the Kuklinski biopic I was actually looking forward to, I'm saddened by the news. I hope they find a replacement soon.
Since this was the Kuklinski biopic I was actually looking forward to, I'm saddened by the news. I hope they find a replacement soon.
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11:08AM on 10/19/2011

*didnít involve financial terms

Perhaps the option for script rewrites and/or co-direction. "Creative differences," a.k.a. clashing with the director, could easily have brought the project to a standstill. Franco's been into the behind-the-scenes... uh, scene lately, anyway.
Perhaps the option for script rewrites and/or co-direction. "Creative differences," a.k.a. clashing with the director, could easily have brought the project to a standstill. Franco's been into the behind-the-scenes... uh, scene lately, anyway.
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10:45AM on 10/19/2011
nothing says hit man quite like-
shia labeouf!
nothing says hit man quite like-
shia labeouf!
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3:51AM on 10/19/2011

MEH

No offense to Franco fans but I can't really see him as a hitman anyways.
No offense to Franco fans but I can't really see him as a hitman anyways.
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2:30AM on 10/19/2011
Ba-dum-bumb; He's as cold as ice;
Ba-dum-bump; He's willing to sacrifice this role....
Ba-dum-bumb; He's as cold as ice;
Ba-dum-bump; He's willing to sacrifice this role....
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