Gotti: John Travolta Biopic Dropped by Lionsgate at Producers' Request

Ruben Ruiz
December 7, 2017

The Tracking Board reports that Lionsgate has pulled their upcoming John Travolta John Gotti biopic Gotti (it's a real movie, you're not high) from their schedule. It was never a matter of Lionsgate dumping the film.

SFGate's The Wrap reports that producers bought back the film because they wanted a "wide release" - not one at select theaters only, as Lionsgate planned.

Shortly after the news broke, Travolta released a statement to Deadline saying that the original news was overblown and that he sought out a new financier to give the film a wider platform when Lionsgate only committed to a limited release.

The feature film directorial debut of Entourage star Kevin Connelly, Gotti showcases what is described as a breakout performance Travolta as the Teflon Don, head of the Gambino crime syndicate that became the racketeering/loansharking/murder-extortion scourge of '80s NY.

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The speculation Travolta might be referring to is Twitter's reaction to the news that the film had suddenly been dropped, questioning if the actor might be joining the ranks of countless male celebrities who have recently been met with assault and harassment allegations, leading many to be dumped from their respective projects (ex. Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K.).

The "Gotti" movie again sleeps with the fishes.

"The Life and Death of John Gotti" stars John Travolta in the title role and co-stars Kelly Preston. However, John Travolta, the film's star, spoke to Deadline a day after the news broke to clarify that it was ultimately his decision not to run with Lionsgate. The film, which started production in 2016 after a litany of delays and false starts, was set to come out on December 15, but will now be delayed as producers start the process of finding a new distributor.

Travolta says the deal to buy the film from Lionsgate Premiere occurred three weeks ago, which would mean the film was hardly dropped from the calendar 10 days ahead of a release by Lionsgate. "That is the simple explanation for this". It is unclear if the film will find new distribution or when it's now scheduled to debut. Our mistake was we should have said something right then and discussed our plan for the film. "We didn't anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong", he told the outlet. Hopefully if the film is any good, we may eventually get a chance to see it sometime in the future.

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