Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

John Travolta's Gotti biopic dropped 10 days before release

John Travolta's Gotti biopic dropped 10 days before release

10 days before its intended domestic release, the mobster biopic starring John Travolta has been dropped by Lionsgate.

Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films bought back the rights to Gotti, having produced it with Highland Film Group and Fiore Films.

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However Travolta has since rubbished the reports, telling Deadline the movie will still premiere, but will have a wider release than the original one planned after he found new financial backing from film producer Edward Walson. They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go. "We signed this deal about three weeks ago, to purchase back the film from Lionsgate", Travolta told the outlet. "We didn't anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong" - that his film would "sleep with the fishes". And he strenuously denied that Lionsgate had chose to back out of releasing the film out of concern for Travolta's long-standing ties to the Church of Scientology or recently unearthed accusations of sexual misconduct.

John Travolta was once the biggest star in Hollywood. "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly directed "Gotti", which costars Kelly Preston, Travolta's real-life wife, as Victoria Gotti. 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. Gotti's son, John Gotti Jr., is one of the film's executive producers.

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Walson further explained to Deadline that he's closing in on a deal with a new distributor, and is hoping to submit the film to the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious competition program. The script was penned by Lem Dobbs (The Limey).

Gotti - who died aged 61 of throat cancer in prison in 2002 - was one of the most powerful and risky crime bosses in the world.

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The film stars Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta as John Gotti, the infamous leader of the Gambino crime family.

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