Gotti - a mob biopic starring John Travolta - was abruptly dropped by distributor Lionsgate yesterday, and that sudden move has now been explained.
The movie hasn't been canned entirely, with a May 2018 release now said to be more likely, instead of December 15.
Lionsgate did not specify a reason for the sale, Vulture reports, while Deadline report that the sale was due to conflict in the distribution plans for the film. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it. "We signed this deal about three weeks ago, to purchase back the film from Lionsgate", Travolta told the outlet.
The feature film directorial debut of Entourage star Kevin Connelly, Gotti showcases what is described as a breakout performance Travolta as the Teflon Don, head of the Gambino crime syndicate that became the racketeering/loansharking/murder-extortion scourge of '80s NY.
He continued: "That is the simple explanation for this".
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If you were eagerly anticipating the release of the biopic about famed mobster John Gotti, you're going to have to keep waiting. No word yet on why Lionsgate made a decision to drop the movie, but stay tuned...
Travolta said Gotti is worth a more significant release and so he sought out Edward Walson to buy out Lionsgate for the rights to distribute and promote the film. John said he "begged" them to reconsider and finally they "generously" let it go.
Gotti managed to avoid jail time throughout the 1980s but was sent to jail for life in 1992. "I learned quite a bit about the family, the mafia and how things worked in that world".
John Gotti rises to the top of the NY underworld to become the boss of the Gambino crime family.