Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama "Gotti", Sells Film Back to Producers

Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

John Travolta's Gotti biopic is dropped by Lionsgate just 10 DAYS before its scheduled release date

John Travolta is calling out the nature of the reports that his John Gotti biopic, in which he plays the notorious mobster, will no longer be released just 10 days before it was set to come out on December 15.

The source added that Lionsgate was happy to sell the film back in order to give Travolta and producers the opportunity to rollout the movie as they wanted.

"Unfortunately, the reports were speculation bordering on fake news", Travolta told the publication on Wednesday. They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go. Except, it appears as it wasn't that good after all as the studio, Lionsgate has dropped it from their release slate completely m - only a few weeks away from the films actual planned release date.

You'll have to wait a little longer to see the John Gotti biopic filmed in the Tri-State. In the current social climate - with accusations of sexual misconduct being made against powerful Hollywood figures on a seemingly constant basis - some had assumed that the decision to drop Gotti might be tied to coming accusations against someone involved with the film, possibly even Travolta himself.

Fiore Films originally acquired life rights from John Gotti Jr., the son of the late head of the Gambino crime family.

John Travolta has rubbished claims his upcoming movie about mobster John Gotti has been dumped. Source Getty
John Travolta has rubbished claims his upcoming movie about mobster John Gotti has been dumped. Source Getty

Morgan says his team believes the movie could do gangbusters in wide release and he even believes Travolta could end up with some hardware on his mantle. Travolta then recruited Edward Walson, who previously acted as a producer on a number of Woody Allen films, including Blue Jasmine and the upcoming Wonder Wheel.

Travolta stars as John Gotti in the Kevin Connolly-directed film, which also features his wife Kelly Preston and daughter Ella Bleu Travolta.

The FBI indicted members of Gotti's crew for selling narcotics and he took advantage of growing dissent over the leadership of the crime family.

This wasn't the first time John Gotti's life was adapted to film.

But he was eventually convicted for a host of murders, as well as extortion, racketeering and tax evasion, and died in prison in 2002.

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