Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

John Travolta pulled upcoming 'Gotti' movie from Lionsgate to get wider release

John Travolta pulled upcoming 'Gotti' movie from Lionsgate to get wider release

A biopic on the life of NY mob boss John Gotti shot in Cincinnati will not be released December 14 as planned, reports indicate.

However, Travolta conceded that Lionsgate didn't want to give it up and said "no" twice.

According to Deadline's sanctioned report, this is good news because Lionsgate Premiere wasn't going to give the film a wide release - it was going limited and On Demand Dec. 15 - but the Gotti producers decided they wanted to give the movie a wider release.

"It is not a common thing", film producer and consultant Kathryn Arnold told the Daily News of the purchase.

Helmed by Kevin Connolly, the biopic follows ill-fated mobster John Gotti (Travolta) who rises to the top of the NY underworld to become the boss of the Gambino crime family.

"All these reports are saying the studio "dropped" Gotti and John Travolta, that's 100 percent false", says the film's executive producer Keya Morgan.

"The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider first reported the news, further indicating that producers will seek new distribution soon", EW said. 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. The movie - which centers around the activities of the Italian Mafia - was canceled just ten days before it hit theaters because of, in Travolta's words, "fake news".

The fact that Lionsgate was willing to let the movie go so easily raises some red flags for sure, and Travolta himself has had a pretty spotty track record in recent years. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it.

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. Our mistake was we should have said something right then and discussed our plan for the film. Hopefully if the film is any good, we may eventually get a chance to see it sometime in the future.

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