Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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

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

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. Per Entertainment Weekly, Lionsgate sold the movie back to its production company, Emmett/Furla/Oasis. After all, movies leaving or changing distributors isn't exactly a rare occurrence in Hollywood, but those types of deals tend to be worked out far in advance of a film's scheduled release date.

Directed by former Entourage actor Kevin Connelly, Gotti began shooting in July of previous year and features Travolta's wife Kelly Preston as the crime lord's spouse Victoria Gotti.

The film apparently had a buy back clause included so the producers could choose to purchase rights to the film from Lionsgate. 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.


Gotti had been slated for release on December 15, but it will likely debut sometime in 2018.

The film spans several decades of Gotti's life, showing his rise from poverty to becoming the leader of the powerful Gambino crime family in New York City.

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