James Franco Drops Out Of ‘The Iceman’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 3rd, 2013 at 9:11 am,

There are two movies about infamous mob hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski currently in development, if you can believe it. One is called The Ice Man, which is being written by American History X screenwriter David McKenna and has Mickey Rourke attached to star as Kuklinski; then there’s the equally intriguing project called The Iceman (one word, not two, see?) which has James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ray Liotta, Michael Shannon and Benicio Del Toro all attached to star.

That’s a lot star power to bring the story of an unrepentant killer to the big screen; however, one film in this race just suffered a setback, as James Franco has now dropped out of The Iceman.

Just Jared has the exclusive, which claims that Franco had to drop out of the film due to some contract issues which (surprisingly) don’t seem to involve money. According to the sources close to the matter: “James pulled out because he couldn’t come to an agreement on key contractual issues that didn’t involve financial terms. Now It Looks like this project might fall apart.” 

To be clear: The Iceman would’ve seen Franco playing the part of Robert “Mr. Softee” Pronge – a real-life hitman who drove a Mr. Softee ice cream truck and became a sort of mentor to Kuklinski. Pronge eventually asked The Iceman to whack his wife and kid – afterward, he was found shot to death in his Softee truck. Shannon (Man of Steel) was attached to play the Iceman himself, with Liotta playing the gangster he worked for.

It’s strange to hear the source claim that the film is in danger of falling apart simply because Franco opted out of what is essentially a supporting role. Who  knows, though, maybe there are more issues with this film than we already know about – not the least of which is trying to compete with an identical film that has a title so marginally different the average moviegoer likely won’t be able to tell between the two.

In any event, as impressive a cast as The Iceman has, for my ticket money it doesn’t get any better than having Mickey Rourke playing the titular role.

We’ll keep you updated about the status of both The Iceman and The Ice man as more info comes our way.

Source: Just Jared

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  1. i saw a documentary on this guy, mad chilling wit it

    • @shacasha


      • pardon me, not james franco, the ice man. i saw a documentary on him.
        and if you’re confused to the context of “mad chilling wit it”
        “it” is like the way he does things, MAD is a synonym for Very in some parts of the world, mostly urban areas. so he does things very chilling..chilling is ..ya know. he’s scary. he’s a scary guy

  2. I just got done watching “The Iceman” with Michael Shannon as Kuklinkski and it was awesome. As far as the movie falling apart without James Franco, I didn’t even know he was supposed top be in it until I read this article. His leaving the movie didn’t affect it all. Earth to James Franco: You aren’t that important!

    • James Franco was in the movie. He was the one who was praying and Iceman told him he would give him time to see if God changes his circumstances

      • I just watched it too. I thought Chris Evans did a great job and I think that role suited him more than it would have Franco. I was sad he died. He was a bad guy though so I guess he had it coming. Franco had a really short part.

  3. Everything in this thread IS WRONG.Okay,the 2 movies have NO CONNECTION at all.The one that succeeded is by Ariel Vromen & stars Michael Shannon as Kuklinski,Winona Ryder as his wife “Debra” because the real wife “Barbara” had a deal with the other movie that was supposed to star Rourke.Financing for the Rourke version fell apart.James Franco had one deal only with Vromen from day one & that is/was to play a victim named “Marty”,who was given the time to pray before Kuklinski killed him.That’s it.Franco did great & I do actually like him,but I really doubt ANY movie would EVER “fall apart” simply because he “dropped out”.Seriously,what role could ever be so difficult,important etc,that James Franco’s part/character/contract could/would decide the movie’s entire fate/success or lack thereof?WAKE UP!