John Travolta pulled upcoming 'Gotti' movie from Lionsgate to get wider release
09 December, 2017, 13:42 | Author: Carmen Reese
Gotti was originally set to be released on December 15.
"Unfortunately, the reports were speculation bordering on fake news", Travolta said. They are now looking for a new distributor, with a view of getting the film into the wild in 2018.
The film, directed by former Entourage co-star Kevin Connolly, stars Travolta as Gotti, the flamboyant and powerful "Teflon Don" who dominated New York's mafia scene in the 1970s and '80s and triumphed in a series of trials before he was finally sent to prison in 1992; he died in 2003. As it turns out, Travolta wasn't happy with the limited release that Lionsgate was planning for the movie.
As for Travolta's role, the Pulp Fiction actor plays John Gotti, an American gangster who became the boss of the Gambino crime family in NYC in the 1970's.
He continued: "That is the simple explanation for this. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it", Travolta said. The film got a late December release date through Lionsgate, and a trailer debuted in September, but nothing else has been heard about Gotti since.
Travolta then revealed that Lionsgate said "no" twice but eventually let it go after he begged them.
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. Our mistake was we should have said something right then, and discussed our plan for the film.
The mob epic stars Travolta as the famed NY mobster John Gotti, a larger-than-life real-life mob figure with a compelling story who had somehow never before been the subject of a full-on Hollywood biopic. "We didn't anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong". "This is a big movie star film, with a multi-dimensional iconic character portrayed by one of the great multi-talented actors".
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