Say it with me now, “Ice Ice Baby”
There is a Vanilla Ice biopic in the works entitled To The Extreme with Dave Franco on board to portray the rapper. Since 2018 there have been rumors of a biopic on the rapper, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, but it wasn’t until a recent interview with the Insider, that the 35-year-old actor confirmed the biopic.
READ: 19 Netflix Originals Worth Seeing More Than Once
“We have been in development for a while, but we are inching closer and closer to preproduction,” Franco told the outlet. He is hoping it will be made like The Disaster Artist, which he starred in alongside his brother James Franco. “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.”
READ: 13 Actresses Who Could Portray Lena Horne in The Showtime Mini Series
The film is named after the 52-year-old rapper’s album. The film’s description reads:
“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.”
As COVID continues to disrupt production, Franco is using this time to do research on the rapper who he is constant contact with.
“Rob (Rob Van Winkle is Vanilla Ice’s real name) 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,” he 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.”
As more updates on the Vanilla Ice biopic are revealed we will update you.
Robert Matthew Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, actor, and television host. Ice released his debut album, Hooked, in 1989 on Ichiban Records. He then signed with SBK Records, a record label of the EMI Group. There they released a reformatted version of the album in 1990 under the title To the Extreme, which contained Ice’s best-known hits: “Ice Ice Baby” and a cover of “Play That Funky Music”. “Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts.
Although he was successful, Ice later regretted his business arrangements with SBK. They paid him to adopt a more commercial appearance to appeal to a mass audience and published fabricated biographical information without his knowledge. After surviving a suicide attempt, Ice changed his musical style and lifestyle. While his later, less mainstream albums failed to chart or receive much radio airplay, Ice has had an underground following. In 2009, Ice began hosting The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network. His latest album, WTF – Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus, was released in August 2011. After that, Ice signed to Psychopathic Records.