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

  • Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama

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

"Unfortunately, the reports were speculation bordering on fake news", Travolta said.

John Travolta has fired back at reports suggesting his new movie about mob boss John Gotti has been pulled from Lionsgate's release schedule. "That is the simple explanation for this", he added. The production company reportedly exercised a buy back clause so that they could give it a bigger push.

"Gotti" started production and filmed at various places in Hamilton and Butler counties in 2016 after several delays and false starts. "They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go".

"Our mistake was we should have said something right then, and discussed our plan for the film", Travolta said.

John said Ed is a fan of Travolta and the Gotti story and wanted to see the movie succeed, so Ed bought the rights to the biopic. Now that the film will no longer be released under the Lionsgate Premiere banner, the producers will begin to meet with new distributors.

"Looking to protect what he believes is a worthy theatrical film, and his own performance, Travolta sought out a financier to change that fate".

Representatives for Travolta and Connolly did not return EW's request for comment.

Entourage actor (and member of Leonardo DiCaprio's notorious Pussy Posse) Kevin Connolly directed the movie from a script co-written by The Limey writer Lem Dobbs and The Accused actor Leo Rossi.

John Travolta headlines the film, which also stars Kelly Preston, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Stacy Keach.

Gotti managed to avoid jail time throughout the 1980s but was sent to jail for life in 1992.

John Travolta plays mobster John Gotti in a biopic that was scheduled for release next week. Travolta told Deadline that his portrayal would dig into why a violent man became a sort of folk hero. "I learned quite a bit about the family, the mafia and how things worked in that world".

John Gotti arrives at court in New York City on February 8, 1990.