Three of the best actors working today are teaming up to bring a true-life serial killer saga to life. Michael Shannon, Benecio del Toro and James Franco will star in “The Iceman”, it was announced today via press release (via Deadline).
Based on the book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer” by Anthony Bruno and on interview footage from the documentary “The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer” by Jim Thebaut, the film centers around Richard Kuklinski (Shannon), a mob contract killer who was famed for freezing his victims, disguising the time of death and successfully throwing police off his track. Seemingly the very definition of a sociopath, Kuklinski never showed any remorse for the over one hundred people he killed, but conversely was a loving family man who mourned the fact that he hurt his family with his actions. Del Toro will play his boss, the notorious mobster Roy Demeo, and Franco will play his mentor assassin, known as Mr. Softee.
The film is set up at Millenium Films, directed by Ariel Vromen, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Morgan Land. Ehud Bleiberg is producing the film. Millennium’s Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Avi Lerner and Boaz Davidson are executive producing with Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister.
Del Toro was last seen in “The Wolfman” and may or may not still be in the running to play Moe in “The Three Stooges” for the Farrelly Brothers. Shannon’s career has been on an upward trajectory after earning a surprise Oscar nomination for “Revolutionary Road” in 2008 and will next be seen at Sundance in “Take Shelter”. Franco is on his way to earning his first Oscar nomination for “127 Hours” and has a plethora of new projects, both in front of behind the camera, including making his directorial debut and starring in another true-life serial killer saga, “The Night Stalker”. He will shoot it this summer while he’s on summer break from Yale.