Lionsgate drops Cincinnati-filmed 'Gotti' biopic just 10 days before scheduled release

08 December, 2017, 01:56 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Anthony Hopkins were all down to portray Gotti in the film but the part eventually ended up with John Travolta.

In an interview with Deadline published late last night, Travolta characterised the reports on the film as "speculation bordering on fake news". "That is the simple explanation for this", John explained in a statement to Deadline on Wednesday (December 6). It wasn't dropped. It wasn't easy to get Lionsgate to give it up. They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go.

Travolta said Gotti is worth a more significant release and so he sought out Edward Walson to buy out Lionsgate for the rights to distribute and promote the film.

John Travolta's Gotti biopic, which was filmed all around Greater Cincinnati this summer, has been sold back to its production company just 10 days before its scheduled December 15 release.

He claimed that he has experience with producing and distributing films, so he understands Travolta's frustration that the distributor didn't think of a way to promote the movie. And now the producers say they are close to getting a new distributor that will land Gotti in 1,000 theaters next year.

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The CEO of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute, Stephen Balkam, stated: "that train has left the station". Facebook is including "kid-appropriate masks, frames, stickers, and GIFs [to] spark conversation and laughter".

"It is not a common thing", film producer and consultant Kathryn Arnold told the Daily News of the purchase. "We are hoping to take this movie to Cannes; it's a movie star film that deserves the glitter of Cannes, and then a wide release shortly thereafter".

John Gotti rises to the top of the NY underworld to become the boss of the Gambino crime family. Attorney Gerald Schargel follows Gotti and his brother Peter Gotti, at left.

"It's a bold move", she continued. Here's the trailer for the film that was released a few months ago.

"It's a supreme piece of work I thought deserves proper recognition".

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