Mickey Rourke is attached to star in the bigscreen adaptation of Philip Carlo’s mafia tome “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer” for Matty Beckerman’s Natural Selection, which will fully finance and produce the pic.
David McKenna (“American History X,” “Blow”) is penning the script. Carlo’s eponymous book tells the true story of Richard “The Ice Man” Kuklinski, a professional assassin for more than 40 years who doubled as a doting father and husband in suburban New Jersey.
Beckerman announced the project at the Toronto Film Festival. He formed his production and financing company in June 2009.
WME is repping U.S. rights to the film; Beckerman is producer.
“This is a role Mickey Rourke was born to play and, as a huge fan of David McKenna’s work, I am thrilled to have him on board,” Beckerman said.
A prolific author, Carlo’s tome about Kuklinski was a New York Times bestseller. Diagnosed in 2005 with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Carlo is currently researching a book about Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abbadia.
Natural Selection is backed by several private equity groups from around the world, including Libyan engineer Al-Saddi Qadhafi, son of Muammar Qadhafi. Company’s upcoming slate also includes Stephen T. Kay’s “Isolation,” starring Eva Amurri.
Rourke, who is currently in theaters in Lionsgate’s “The Expendables,” has at film at Toronto, “Passion Play.”
Rourke is repped by ICM; McKenna, Paradigm and Mosaic.