James Franco drops out of Ariel Vroman's The Iceman over a contractual dispute
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 couldnt come to an agreement on key contractual issues that didnt 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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