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Update on the dueling Richard 'The Ice Man' Kuklinski projects featuring Mickey Rourke and Michael Shannon

11.05.2010

Last we touched on the dueling Richard Kuklinski projects - films about the infamous Gambino hitman who murdered hundreds - we learned that filmmaker Ariel Vromen's take, THE ICEMAN, based on the Anthony Bruno book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, had landed three extremely strong actors in Michael Shannon, Benicio del Toro, and James Franco. It wasn't known then, however, who exactly would be playing Kuklinski... until now.

Deadline is reporting with information out of the American Film Market that Michael Shannon ("Boardwalk Empire", REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) would in fact be portraying the notorious killer. A rock-solid choice if you ask me.

And in what seems like an attempt to further one-up the rival film, THE ICE MAN, which stars Mickey Rourke and is based on Philip Carlo's book The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, Nu Image has released what looks like a mock-up one sheet for Vromen's film (which you can check out below).

But what of the Mickey Rourke ICE MAN? That film is reportedly going into production next Spring - at least a few months ahead of the Michael Shannon pic - despite not even having a director secured. What it has secured, though, are the life rights of Kuklinski's wife, Barbara, and Pat Kane, the cop who brought Kuklinski to justice. While having these rights might make it easier for the Rourke film, Deadline's Mike Fleming points out that they're not essential in making a film about a subject who's dead.

So, what does it all mean? It may pretty much break down to which film can get done and out there the fastest. Which sounds more enticing to you, though?

Extra Tidbit: Another CAPOTE vs. INFAMOUS scenario? Rourke's film needs to snag itself a good director asap.
Source: DeadlineComingSoon

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10:13PM on 11/05/2010
Shannon, Del Toro and Franco vs Rourke?
I think it's fairly obvious which movie is more enticing.
Although I'm still of the belief that Michael Ironside was born to play IceMan.
Shannon, Del Toro and Franco vs Rourke?
I think it's fairly obvious which movie is more enticing.
Although I'm still of the belief that Michael Ironside was born to play IceMan.
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4:07PM on 11/05/2010
this seems to happen way to often and its really annoying. first it happend with capote and infamous than last year with paul blart mall cop and observe and report... I just dont understand how the same movie about the same topic can get made at the same time and in the same year it just doent make sense
this seems to happen way to often and its really annoying. first it happend with capote and infamous than last year with paul blart mall cop and observe and report... I just dont understand how the same movie about the same topic can get made at the same time and in the same year it just doent make sense
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3:52PM on 11/05/2010

Iceman

Michael Shannon please thank you.
Michael Shannon please thank you.
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3:19PM on 11/05/2010

Not good..

I totally agree with annihilist, he's not right for the role, no matter what kind of transformation he's planning on making for this part. Shannon has the psycho part down but unless he can gain like 75 pounds I don't see this working at all
I totally agree with annihilist, he's not right for the role, no matter what kind of transformation he's planning on making for this part. Shannon has the psycho part down but unless he can gain like 75 pounds I don't see this working at all
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2:27PM on 11/05/2010
None of these actors is right for the role. Kuklinski was a bruiser - a huge guy. You'd need a James Gandolfini or someone of that build. Part of the real man's intimidation factor was that he was so massive, in addition to being a cold-blooded, psycho hitman.
None of these actors is right for the role. Kuklinski was a bruiser - a huge guy. You'd need a James Gandolfini or someone of that build. Part of the real man's intimidation factor was that he was so massive, in addition to being a cold-blooded, psycho hitman.
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10:50AM on 11/05/2010
Shannon > Rourke
Shannon > Rourke
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7:30AM on 11/05/2010
I'll watch the one without Michael Shannon's freakish face in it.

Oh, wait, the other one's got Mickey Rourke's freakish face in it?
I'll watch the one without Michael Shannon's freakish face in it.

Oh, wait, the other one's got Mickey Rourke's freakish face in it?
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