The Iceman is a textbook case of how to take a fascinating true story and make it far duller than it actually ought to be. It can’t quite decide whether it wants to ditch the facts and just be a rollicking story or stick close to the truth in order go deep into reality – and its indecision results in a film that doesn’t seem to know quite what it’s for, other than killing a lot of people. [Read more…]
The Iceman is based on the true story of notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski, nicknamed ‘The Iceman’. Michael Shannon stars as the real-life hitman who in 1986 was convicted of murdering 100 men for various crime organizations around the New York area. The twist to Kuklinski’s story was that he was also a devoted husband and father whose family was unaware of his real profession until his arrest, he was also a bona fide serial killer, having started killing people long before he took it up as a profession.
After more than a year of trying to pull things together, The Iceman is finally getting ready to shoot, although there’s had to be a bit of a cast shuffle, with Deadline reporting that Winona Ryder will step in for Maggie Gyllenhaal in the movie.
The project is a fact-based film about Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), a serial killer whose homicidal urgings found the perfect outlet when the mob called upong him to become a Mafia hitman. He earned his nickname by freezing the bodies of his victims, disguising the time of death, and throwing police off-track.
Ryder will play Kuklinski’s wife, Deborah, who was unaware that he was a contract killer and thought her hubby was a businessman. Maggie Gyllenhaal was originally down for the role, and it’s not clear why she’s left. Chris Evans will also star, playing Kulinski’s protege, Robert Pronge. Ariel Vromen will be directing from a screenplay co-written with Morgan Land, based a Anthony Bruno book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer”.
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