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John Travolta Explains What Actually Happened to the John Gotti Biopic

07 December 2017, 01:22 | Anna Nguyen

John Travolta's 'Gotti' Biopic Gets Whacked By Lionsgate 10 Days Before Its Release

Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

On Thursday reports emerged the 63-year-old's upcoming Mafia flick about Gambino family head John Gotti had been pulled 10 days before its release day by distributor Lionsgate.

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

Deadline reports that the movie was sold back to the production company so that it could get a wider release as Lionsgate Premiere is for more speciality releases. However, the film's star John Travolta, isn't happy that the news makes it sound like the film was cut.

"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 "Gotti" movie again sleeps with the fishes.

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"The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider first reported the news, further indicating that producers will seek new distribution soon", EW said. It looked like Travolta was on a new career revival, but Gotti's release cancellation may bring that momentum to a halt - though, according to Travolta, a wide release may actually boost it.

Filming "The Life and Death of John Gotti", John Travolta on set with actors Leo Rossi (l) and Chris Kerson (r) on Bath Avenue and 17th Avenue in Bensonhurst Bklyn February 21, 2017. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it.

He continued: "That is the simple explanation for this". Lionsgate meant to give it a "minimal release". Our mistake was we should have said something right then and discussed our plan for the film.

Speaking about the movie recently, Connolly told Entertainment Weekly: "There are nice cars and fancy suits in the movie, but we're also showing where all that eventually leads". The film, which started production in 2016 after a litany of delays and false starts, was set to come out on December 15, but will now be delayed as producers start the process of finding a new distributor. The project took several years to find funding, with several financiers having dropped out along the way.



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