Lionsgate drops John Travolta's 'Gotti' 10 days before release
Dec 07 2017
A rep for Travolta confirmed the Deadline report to the Daily News and stated that they are closing in on a deal witha distributor, but couldn't reveal details at this time. There may be a simple explanation for that, as an outside investor reportedly financially backed the film for a wide release, and it's unclear exactly when they did that. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it.
Lionsgate did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on why it chose to withdraw its support for the film. John said he "begged" them to reconsider and finally they "generously" let it go.
"Our mistake was we should have said something right then, and discussed our plan for the film", Travolta said. It is unclear if the film will find new distribution or when it's now scheduled to debut. It's all pure speculation though as there has been no official news on anything related to the matter, though if there is, we will likely hear so soon.
The film follows John Gotti (Travolta), the infamous head of the Gambino crime family, as he rises to notoriety in the late 1980s and brings his son into a life of crime.
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.
Mafia stories are normally a huge victor for both critics and cinema-goers, but it seems even this genre can't resurrect Travolta's career. 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. Travolta told Deadline that his portrayal would dig into why a violent man became a sort of folk hero.
John Gotti, right, arrives at court morning of Feb.9, 1990. His life takes a tumultuous turn as he faces tragedy, multiple trials and a prison sentence.