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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman

You have the true story element here, plus three factors: James Franco, Benicio Del Toro and Michael Shannon. Top 100 Films

#48. The Iceman

Director: Ariel Vromen
Writer(s): Morgan Land and Vromen
Producers: Ehud Bleiberg and Vromen
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: “The Iceman” is the electrifying true story of Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), notorious mob contract killer and loving family man. He earned his nick-name by freezing the bodies of his victims, disguising the time of death and throwing police off-track. He was a man who used his tendencies toward violence and detachment from consequence to create an idyllic family life. His family and neighbors believed he was an average businessman, having no idea about his deadly alternate life. Kuklinski killed over one hundred people during his life. He never felt remorse for anything he had done, except hurting his family.….(more)

Cast: James Franco, Benicio Del Toro and Michael Shannon

List Worthy Reasons…: You have the true story element here, plus three factors: James Franco, Benicio Del Toro and Michael Shannon.

Release Date/Status?: It was announced at the AFM Market in November, so don’t be surprised is this gets delayed all the way into 2012, but there’s hope if this receives a production start date before the end of March.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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