Vanilla Ice to Star in Remake of “Cool As Ice.”
LOS ANGELES-“It’s been twenty years, boyeee! Time for a remake, you know what I’m sayin!?” Robbie Van Winkle, aka 1990s heartthrob rapper Vanilla Ice, is sitting with me poolside at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
The rapper turned actor turned real estate investor turned reality TV celebrity is talking about the multimillion deal he just inked to remake his 1991 hip-hop megaflop “Cool As Ice.” The original, also starring Van Winkle, was made for a modest $6Million but only grossed a little north of a $1million. “It was a different time back then, you know what I’m sayin?” reflects Van Winkle, sipping on a Midori smoothie. “I think the audience today is ready for the true power of ‘Da Iceman.’”
He’s referring to his new deal, which is worth more than $100million that he’s been paid to write, direct, and star in a remake of “Cool As Ice,” as well as a new soundtrack, cartoon show, video game, and action figures. Van Winkle anticipates that this franchise will be “Bigger Than Mother F**kin’ Spiderman” by the end of 2011.
The last film, currently listed as #73 on Internet Movie Databases’ “Bottom 100” featured camera work by famed director of photography Janusz Kaminski, who later went on to lens “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” When I asked if Kaminski would be returning to lens the remake, Van Winkle tersely replied that he would be doing it himself this time. Said Van Winkle “Yeah, his career has gone downhill since he shot with Ice.”