Writer/director Ariel Vromen wanted to find a story he could “commit suicide on,” he said. When he found the biography of Richard Kuklinski, the most notorious hitman of all time, things got serious for the writer/director of dark dramas. He got a little more than he bargained for in discovering the life of the man who claimed to have murdered Jimmy Hoffa.
Kuklinski was a contract killer who worked for the New York mafia for more than two decades from the mid-50s into the early 80s. He killed an estimated 100 people. His method was so cold, so calculating, he earned himself the nickname The Iceman.
Vromen found the story fascinating. His writing process – which allowed him to delve into the mind of this devious man – proved to be difficult when it came to distilling such a vast amount of biography into a two hour movie.