Designed as a starring vehicle for Van Winkle, Cool as Ice featured a story loosely inspired by The Wild One, with Ice in a repurposed Marlon Brando role, riding his neon-painted motorcycle into a small town that's astonished by he and his rapping cohorts. As Johnny Van Owen, Ice finds love with a sheltered honors student and even saves her family from corrupt cops. Over the years, the movie, which bore the immortal tagline, "When a girl has a heart of stone, there's only one way to melt it. Just add Ice," has developed a vocal cult following of ironic appreciators.
At the That's My Boy press conference, IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick asked Van Winkle if his return to acting has inspired him to consider a Cool as Ice 2, Van Winkle replied, "Hey, man you never know. Yesterday’s history, Tomorrow’s a mystery. I take it day-by-day man. Get in what you fit in and enjoy the ride. You never know. How bout it, sequel?"
Adam Sandler put his stamp of approval on the notion, saying, "That’s a good idea actually."
After the press conference proper, Philbrick had a chance to talk with Van Winkle one-on-one. During their conversation, Van Winkle pointed out, "They’re doing another Teenage Mutant [Ninja] Turtles." He was referring to Ninja Turtles, the live-action franchise reboot in the works at Paramount Pictures for a December 25, 2013 release. The project is directed by Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans helmer Jonathan Liebesman, and the screenplay by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol writing duo of Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum is providing the turtles with a refashioned origin story.
Turtles fans will remember that Vanilla Ice contributed to single "Ninja Rap" to The Secret of the Ooze and also appeared as himself during the film's climactic action sequence, during which the heroic quartet of shelled ninjas kicked Foot Clan ass along to Ice and company singing "Go ninja, go ninja, go!"
When Philbrick asked Van Winkle if he might show up in Ninja Turtles, he responded, "I’d love to! I hear they’re not from the sewer but
they're still turtles." He then showed off the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tattoo on his leg. If it sounds at first like a stretch that this presumably gritty reboot would include a role or a cameo for Van Winkle, keep in mind that Michael Bay, who is producing through his Platinum Dunes production company, once directed the music video for Vanilla Ice's "I Love You," which you can view right here.
That new, possibly alien-centric origin Van Winkle alluded to caused something of a dust-up amongst fans earlier this year. See what director Liebesman had to say about that by clicking right here.
We'll have to wait until next December to see if Ninja Turtles returns to the "Ninja Rap," but you can see "Uncle Vanny" in That's My Boy at a theater near you starting Friday, June 15th.