The Ice Man [w/t] – the story of Dutch extreme athlete and pioneer Wim Hof. Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, The Handmaid’s Tale) will star as Hof, in a script written by Jeff Pope (Philomena, Stan & Ollie), and Genesius Pictures’ Debbie Gray (Northern Soul, Mrs Lowry & Son) will produce.
Wim Hof got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. Wim has made it his mission to share what he’s learned with the rest of the world and developed the Wim Hof Method: a combination of breathing, cold therapy and commitment that offers a range of benefits. He teaches people from all over the world, from celebrities and professional athletes, to people of all ages, to control their body and mind and achieve extraordinary things.
Joseph Fiennes said: “To carry the incredible Wim Hof message and to bring the extraordinary journey of the Ice Man to the greater consciousness is a unique privilege. Coupling that with Jeff Pope, one of the most illustrious screen writers in the business to tell this story is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m beyond thrilled to participate in. Knowing that the creative experience is championed by the wonderful producer Debbie Gray is the support one could only dream of.”
Jeff Pope said: “‘Wim is like an iceberg. There’s a little bit we all know about him poking above the water – the bit that tells us to ‘breathe, motherfu**er’. But there is so much more to his story that this project will explore. His has been a life full of tragedy, exploration, perseverance and, ultimately, redemption. Now is the right moment for Wim-time.”
Wim Hof said: “Finally the method and the story behind it, the journey of one man, like you or me, is going to be revealed. Joseph Fiennes, a great interpreter of drama, will incorporate The Iceman Wim Hof. This is not top acting alone; it takes guts and glory to really do the roleplaying; life and death and back. The film will bring through real experiences and non-speculative understandings – a lifechanging feature film. Change is needed, change comes…Jeff Pope – the name says it all.”