Mickey Rourke attached to star in 'Ice Man'

Real-life mafia story is being adapted by David McKenna

TORONTO -- Mickey Rourke, whose latest film "Passion Play" bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday and is currently seeking a distributor, has attached to star in "Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer."

"Ice Man" is the true story of Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, who for more than 40 years led a double life as both a professional assassin and a doting husband and father in suburban New Jersey.

The project is being fully financed by Matty Beckerman's Natural Selection, with David McKenna, who wrote "Natural History" and "Blow," writing the screenplay based on the book by Philip Carlo.

Beckerman will produce, and WME Global's Graham Taylor is handling international sales.

"Richard Kuklinski's life and Philip Carlo's true account, three years in the making, is fascinating and unlike any mafia story that's been brought to the big screen," Beckerman said. "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."

Rourke is repped by ICM and McKenna is repped by Paradigm and Mosaic.