Hughes Bros. Helming Ice Man Biopic

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Allen and Albert Hughes (From Hell) will direct a feature about Mafia hitman Richard “Ice Man” Kuklinski, reports Variety.

Producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jason Blum have acquired screen rights to Philip Carlo book “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer.”

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.”

The 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.

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