Vanilla Ice Biopic Is On It’s Way With Dave Franco Playing Ice Ice Baby
Are you ready for the new Vanilla Ice biopic? In an interview with Insider Dave Franco confirmed the development of the movie.
“We have been in development for a while but we are inching closer and closer to preproduction,” Franco said of the Vanilla Ice movie.”
News broke in early 2019 when a listing of a project titled “To the Extreme” (which is also the title of Vanilla Ice’s hit 1990 album) showed up in the trade publication Production Weekly.
The listing featured the following logline: “From a high school dropout selling cars in Dallas to having the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts with ‘Ice Ice Baby,’ a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts, and selling out as he makes music history.”
“To the Extreme” is written by screenwriters Chris Goodwin and Phillip Van.
Franco said that he envisions the project to be like “The Disaster Artist,” which starred he and his brother James Franco and celebrated the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” an ultra-low-budget drama regarded as one of the worst movies ever made but has an incredibly loyal cult following because of that.
“With that movie, people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the funnier and heartfelt it was — that’s the tone we want for this one as well,” Franco said.
Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, certainly had more success than Wiseau did. His “To the Extreme” album — which along with “Ice Ice Baby” also featured a cover of “Play that Funky Music” — spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard 200 and sold 15 million copies worldwide.
Like many of us Franco has also been stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. He said he has had phone calls with Vanilla Ice about the project.
“Rob is such a sweet and intelligent guy and he’s been super helpful in the process of getting all the details correct and making us privy to information the public doesn’t know,” Franco said. “Just talking to him I can’t help but think about the rabbit holes I’m going to go down to get ready for the role.”
According to Dave Franco no start date has been yet set.