Something tells me that the true-life movie about the infamous murderer Richard Kuklinski is about to take a turn in creative direction, judging by the latest to news to come from the NY Post. The Post is reporting that Mickey Rourke will be taking the role of Kuklinski in an adaptation of Phil Carlo's book, The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer. The scoop came courtesy of Carlo's himself, who told the Post "He's [Rourke] really looking forward to being the Ice Man, and I think he'll do a great job,...He's talking about it being his 'Raging Bull.' Originally, it had been reported that Channing Tatum of G.I. Joe fame would be taking the lead, but according to Carlo, Tatum is out and Rourke is in.
Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski was a notoriously brutal contract killer and serial murder, who claimed to have killed over 200 people in his lifetime, starting at the age of 13. Kuklinski put his 'talents' to good use by working with the Gambino crime family, and died in prison at the age of 71. The circumstances of his death were considered suspicious and it was rumored that he had been killed by a Gambino underboss by the name of Sammy Gravano.
Back in 2007, the Hughes Brothers had been attached to the project with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura in possession of the rights to Carlo's book, but unfortunately the project stalled in development and the rights have lapsed. Carlo was looking for a new producer, and according to him, that producer will be Rourke. Now it just so happens that Carlos in the midst of a publicity tour for his latest book, so we might want to take his announcement with some healthy skepticism.
After the jump: My top 5 recommendations for some other movies about hit men... Now personally, I'm not all that into learning about true life murderers, because frankly, it's a bit of a downer. But when it comes to my fiction, the sky is the limit, so here are five recommendations for some other movies about killers for hire that are a little more fun....
This film proves one thing, and one thing only: Tom Cruise needs to play more villains.
2. Grosse Pointe Blank
Sometimes the life of a hired killer isn't all about globe-trotting and glamor; especially if you throw in the baggage of a failed high school romance, and some personal issues.
If you have never seen the vastly superior international version of The Professional (aka Léon), just stop reading this sentence and get yourself to a video store...seriously.
4. In Bruges
This movie manages to be funny, disturbing, violent, and sad all at the same time, and finally showed me just how comical Ralph Fiennes can be when he wants to be.
5. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
While technically, the story of game show producer and songwriter Chuck Barris is a true tale of his time as an assassin for the CIA...but that's only if you think Barris is telling the truth, and that's a really big if.