Di Bonaventura, Blum to produce 'Ice'
Allen and Albert Hughes will direct a feature about Mafia hitman Richard “Ice Man” Kuklinski.Producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jason Blum have acquired screen rights to Philip Carlo book “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer.” Both producers have first-look deals with Paramount, but they will wait until they assemble a full package before setting it up at a studio. They are seeking a writer to work with the Hughes brothers, who tackled serial killer turf in their last pic, the Johnny Depp starrer “From Hell.” At a hulking six-foot-four and 300 pounds, Kuklinski managed to become a prolific contract killer for the Gambino family while keeping his occupation a secret from his wife and three children in New Jersey. By his own account, Kuklinski killed as many as 200 people. Before dying in prison while serving two life sentences, Kuklinski gave interviews to Carlo and others and bragged about his misdeeds.”He is one of the darkest, most brutal and complicated killers in contemporary organized crime,” said Blum. “He was a serial killer who found the perfect calling, carrying out hits for the Mafia.” Steven Schneider, who brought the project to Blum under a first-look deal he has with Blumhouse, will be co-producer. Blum and di Bonaventura are also collaborating on “The Shop,” a Paramount drama based on a Vanity Fair article by David Wise. The WMA-repped Hughes brothers are expected to next helm “Kung Fu,” a feature version of the TV series classic for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. They are waiting on a rewrite by Cory Goodman.