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Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro, And James Franco Cast In Second Iceman Kuklinski Biopic

A couple weeks ago it was reported that Mickey Rourke would play the lead role in a biopic about notorious mafia hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski. The deal was finalized after being rumored since September 2009 and was supposed to begin shooting this past spring based on a script by David McKenna. In my write-up of the story, I denounced the project, objecting to the idea of glorifying a mass murderer. Just my luck, it appears that there are now two films about the man being made.

Production Weekly, via their Twitter feed, has announced that Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro, and James Franco have joined the cast of The Iceman, a project being written by Morgan Land based on the book by Anthony Bruno (the Mickey Rourke-version is based on the biography by Phil Carlo) and directed by Ariel Vroman. Looking at the Vroman film's IMDb page, it appears that Vroman took to announcing that Shannon would be his Kuklinski back in April.

Back in 2005/2006, two competing projects about Truman Capote went into production. Bennett Miller's Capote went on to earn wide-spread acclaim and Philip Seymour Hoffman took home the Oscar for his performance. Douglas McGrath's Infamous was released a year later and was all but completely ignored. Going back even further in the decade, both Oliver Stone and Baz Luhrmann started up projects about Alexander the Great, Stone casting Colin Farrell and Luhrmann casting Leonardo DiCaprio. Only Stone's made it out the other end of the production cycle. The point is this: only one of these projects will survive. We'll just have to wait and find out which.

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